The Hawks came from 10 points down late in the fourth quarter to get a nice road win over the Bucks on Saturday, and this play from Al Horford turned out to be the game-winner that sealed it.
Horford is the type of low-post player that really needs to be double-teamed, especially in a situation like this with the game hanging in the balance. Milwaukee chose to play him straight up, however, and Horford simply backed down his defender until he was close enough to bank home an easy hook shot from no more than three feet from the basket.
Monta Ellis had converted a driving layup over Josh Smith on the play before this one to give the Bucks a momentary lead, and he had a chance to win the game at the buzzer. But his fading jumper from 10 feet out went long off the iron, and the game landed in the win column for the Hawks.
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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.