The Hawks lost their best player, center Al Horford, to a season-ending injury in December but were still above .500 until another rash of injuries sent them in a hideous tailspin that almost caused them to miss the playoffs. The team got healthy — except for Horford — near the end of the season, played well over the final two weeks, and carried that strong play right into the playoffs.
With one more win against the Pacers, maybe they’ll finally get some well-deserved recognition.
“They’re an eight seed and we’re a one seed,” George said, “but they’re playing great right now.”
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AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.