2014 NBA Playoffs: Indiana Pacers Required Heroics to Survive

Indiana Pacers survive for now in the NBA playoffs

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The Indiana Pacers were only minutes away from seeing their season come to an end tonight. By using late-game heroics from Paul George, David West and George Hill, they were able to end the game on a 16-3 run. The series now shifts back to Indianapolis for a deciding Game 7 and until Saturday night, Pacers fans can breathe.

We have been blessed with one of the most intriguing first rounds in NBA playoff history and what would make it better than seeing the No. 1 seed that everyone counted out actually advance? The Atlanta Hawks are now in trouble; they missed out on an opportunity and they will now be heavy underdogs in the final game of the series. Putting yourself in a situation to have to win three road games in one series is quite a daunting task.

Frank Vogel earned his keep tonight by changing the rotation in ways we have never seen before. Although Roy Hibbert still started the game, he only played 12 minutes combined and backup Center Ian Mahinmi provided some great defense throughout. Vogel utilized lineups in ways that provided his team for a chance to win and when push came to shove the team backed him up.

It is important to remember that this is just one game and they still have to take care of business in Game 7 for this to mean anything, but for the game to end like it did had to have boosted the moral of this team. It now time to catch our breath and reload for what could be one heck of a game to close this out.

Nicholas Barker is an Indiana Pacers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickbarker123, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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