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Smith struggled in Game 1 of the series but bounced back to have a solid performance in Game 2. He scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in only 20 minutes of action (his minutes were limited because of a bothersome ankle).
Like Horford, Smith cranked up his game once the series came to Atlanta. Smith not only excelled on the offensive end, but he also played great defense against Pacers' star Paul George.
George averaged 25 points over the first two games of the series, but he was held to 16 points and shot 4-of-11 from the field in Game 3. Although George managed to score 21 points in Game 4, Smith held him to 6-of-16 shooting from the field.
Smith scored just 14 points in Game 3, but had six rebounds and a few highlight-reel passes among his six assists.
Game 4 was when Smith really stepped up. He scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals in one of the best performances of his playoff career.
With each passing game, the intensity and pressure will ratchet up, and the Hawks will need continued great performances by Smith if they are to upset the Pacers and win the series.