Facing 2-0 deficit, Hawks ponder changes vs Pacers - New York News

Facing 2-0 deficit, Hawks ponder changes vs Pacers

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks know they can't keep going like this.

Beaten up and blown out in the first two games of their series against the Indiana Pacers, the Hawks are pondering lineup changes heading into Game 3 Saturday night. Coach Larry Drew says he's looking for improvement at both ends of the court, but it's clear that he's mainly concerned about getting tougher defensively.

The Pacers have a huge size advantage, and they took full advantage of it while winning twice at home by an average of 16 points. Atlanta doesn't have a lot of options after rugged center Zaza Pachulia went down with a season-ending Achilles injury. But Drew might have to go with little-used 7-footer Johan Petro, which would allow Al Horford to play power forward.

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