INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - After a rough end to the regular season, the Indiana Pacers looked like their former selves Sunday, kicking off this year's playoffs with not only a dominant win, but a renewed confidence.
"When you look at the teams that are championship contenders, they're playing well, so it bothered us a little bit," said Pacers forward Paul George. "It was good for us to get that win and just have things a little more relaxed with our whole mindset."
Relaxed, but not complacent — that was the message Monday as the Pacers prepared for what they say will be an even tougher game two.
"The biggest adjustments in a playoff series come in between game one and game two," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "We've got to expect a very, very different game and try to continue to be efficient anyways."
"Game two is going to be even tougher," added Pacers center Roy Hibbert. "They're scrappy, and they want to win, so I expect them to look at some of the weaknesses we had in the first game and try to exploit that even more."
The Pacers escaped game one without any injuries; the Hawks did not. The Hawks organization tweeted that star forward Josh Smith missed practice today with an ankle injury. He is day-to-day for game two in Indianapolis on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
With seventeen shopping days remaining, customers are steadily visiting gift stores along Mass Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.