Paul Millsap called Game 3 a must-win game for the Hawks.
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Millsap could have gone on to call Games 4 and 5 must-win games as well, but it's obvious that the Hawks are going to go down swinging against the Pacers. For his part, Millsap scored 19 points to go along with four rebounds, a steal, and a block in Tuesday's Game 2 loss and may need to step up his game if he's going to carry his team to a Round 1 upset over the top-seeded Pacers.
Josh McRoberts denied any malicious intent on a hard foul against LeBron James during Wednesday's Game 2 loss.
The Heat were upset with the lack of a flagrant foul call on the play, but McBob denied any intent on the play. "Just kind of got caught up in the air there," he said. "Came for the rotation. I'd have to see it. But I think, for me, in real time, he was coming pretty fast down the lane, he's a big, strong guy. I was just trying to stop him from, first, getting the shot up. But then I think I just kind of got caught up in the air. It probably looked worse than what it was. They didn't call it. So, no. It wasn't intentional, so, no." The league hasn't come out with a statement on the play yet, but there is a good possibility that McRoberts faces a retroactive flagrant foul or even a suspension.
Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard tweeted that Larry Bird's sources say that Frank Vogel's job is safe.
Kevin Pritchard on Twitter
This tweet comes as a tongue-in-cheek reply to reports that Vogel may be "coaching for his job" in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers head to Atlanta tied 1-1 with Game 3 looming on Saturday. Vogel may very well be coaching for his job, but it's obvious that Bird and Pritchard want to grab control of this situation before the media runs wild with it. Well played, Mr. Pritchard.