Third seed vs. the sixth seed.
Paul George vs. Josh Smith.
Frank Vogel vs. Larry Drew.
Nap Town vs. the ATL.
Take your pick.
The last time these two franchises met in the playoffs was in the 1995-96 season, the era of Reggie Miller, the Davis Boys (Antonio and Dale) and Rik Smits. That season's Hawks team had Mookie Blaylock, Stacey Augmon and Steve Smith.
Miller was involved in a collision during a regular season home game against the Detroit Pistons on April 13, 1996 that fractured his eye socket, forcing him to miss the first four games of the first round series. Although he returned to play in Game 5 against the Hawks and score 29 points wearing a pair of goggles, the team lost, 89-87.
Series over. Hawks win, 3-2.
After 18 seasons, will the Indiana Pacers finally have a chance to avenge this loss?
The two teams split their four regular season games in 2012-13—the Hawks won the first two games of the series at home by an average margin of six while the Pacers evened the score by winning the next two at home by an average of 8.5 points. .
Additionally, scoring reached triple digits in three of the four games. However, playoff basketball is an entirely different story. Expect no easy shots and more bruising plays from both teams in this series.