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Atlanta Hawks guard Shelvin Mack, who played three years under current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler, had the best game of his young career last night.



Mack scored 20, the second highest scoring output of his career, on 5-9 shooting including 2-4 for three to help the number 8 seed Atlanta Hawks put the number 1 seed Indiana Pacers at a 2-3 disadvantage in the series.

The Pacers, my preseason pick to win the championship, are on the brink of a historic collapse as Roy Hibbert's confounding play continues.

Hibbert finished with zero points, zero rebounds and one blocked shot (seen at right) in just twelve minutes of play.

Last year Hibbert averaged 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds in the conference finals against the Miami Heat.

In this series against the Hawks Hibbert is averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds on 31 percent shooting. This is an astounding number considering most of his looks come within 5 feet of the rim.

The Pacers themselves had a meltdown as a team as they allowed 41 points in the second quarter against the Hawks.

This is nearly incomprehensible considering this is a team that was second overall in league team defense.

Game 6 takes place Thursday @7 E.T. on NBA TV

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Clint Corey 4/29/2014 04:10:00 AM Edit
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