John Jenkins Runs @ATLHawks Twitter During First Half

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The Atlanta Hawks are quite social savvy when it comes to Twitter.

More than most teams, the Hawks often utilize their social presence to draw fans in, often having players take over the account during games to do Q&As with fans.

Tuesday, as the Hawks prepared to take on the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of their first round series—hoping to extend their series lead to 2-0, the ATLHawks Twitter handle fell into the hands of shooting guard John Jenkins.

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SH Blog: Will Pacers bench Hibbert? Kerr and Knicks in deep talks; Popovich named coach of the year

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hibbertInnovation must come from experimentation at the edge, not just from ideas generated by the center.

For Frank Vogel and the Indiana Pacers, this is a mantra that must be embraced if they want to turn their fortunes around.

What they are doing now isn’t working. There’s nothing else to it. 

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Tweet of the Night: Paul George goes fishing

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Paul georgeIf you have been following the Indiana Pacers the last few weeks, the first thing you would say they need is practice.

Paul George’s tweet on Sunday night may indicate to some that he has other priorities.

Despite dropping the first game to the Atlanta Hawks 101-93, the bottom seed in the NBA playoffs, in unspectacular fashion, George decided the best course of action would be to go fishing on Sunday. 

PODCAST: Autopsy of Saturday’s Four NBA Playoff Games

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So much for that sweep prediction I made in my playoff preview of the Indiana-Atlanta series. At least I wasn’t alone.

Using 20-20 hindsight, I and many others should have seen this coming. 

Pacers-Hawks Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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yawnDo they have to play this series? Do we really have to watch it and pay close attention?

Look, we all know how bad the Leastern Conference was this season, and we all knew that there would be at least one bad team crashing the party. And the one we ended up with is an Atlanta Hawks team whose general manager, Danny Ferry, said a few weeks back that it really didn’t matter if the Hawks qualified for the postseason or not.

Way to set the bar high, Danny.

So the Hawks come in after having gone 38-44 in the regular season, although they did finish with a flourish by defeating Indiana, Brooklyn and Miami during April. They go up against an Indiana Pacers team that has been going through such a crisis over the past month that coach Frank Vogel benched all of his starters a week ago for a game against the Milwaukee Bucks that the Pacers needed to have to stay in contention for the No. 1 seed.