Hawks let fans pound a Pacer

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Atlanta Hawks currently have a 2-1 lead over the Indiana Pacers, which is probably the most surprising result of the playoffs thus far. Yes, the Pacers have struggled recently, but the Hawks are still the 8 seed and are playing without their All-Star center, Al Horford, who is out injured.

On Saturday afternoon, the Hawks will host the Pacers for Game 4 of the series, when they try to take a 3-1 lead. And before the game, the Hawks are going to let their fans pound a Pacer, literally, all for a good cause.

This Pacer is a 1976 Pacer — no, not a member of the ’76 Pacers, but an AMC Pacer car.

According to the Hawks…

For a donation of $5, you can take a swing at the car pictured above (horrible Pacers colors by the way), and your donation will go to the Atlanta Hawks Foundation.

The car will be set up outside of the Philips Arena box office prior to the Hawks’ 2 p.m. tip off against the Pacers in Game 4 Saturday.  Join your fellow Hawks fans in pounding the Pacer before Atlanta aims to take a 3-1 series lead on the “other” Pacers.

The Atlanta Hawks Foundation, by the way, is pretty amazing.  It aims to improve quality of life of Georgia youth by inspiring them to develop a passion for learning and a commitment to physical fitness and recreation, so your money is going to help Atlanta-area children.


  1. Nate says:

    They better hope the Pacers don’t find out about this or it will be a long night for the Hawks, we have a lot of pride, dont get us mad, you wont like us when were angry.

    • lbj says:

      your down 2-1 even you get mad it will be 3-1 fooool!!! anyway Atlanta will lose to Miami with our “king” LeBron basically it doesn’t really matter who won on this 2 average NBA teams

    • Overrated says:

      That’s why you guys are down 1-2 huh?

    • levi m says:

      when were you angry?

    • Javier says:

      LMFAO please bruh you’re not that good. Your team is so overrated.

      Get a guy like LeBron, Kobe, Melo or Durant mad, and they’ll drop 40+ on ya. Paul George? Nah.

    • P says:

      As always, you guys talk the talk, but never walk the walk!

    • Someone else says:

      Do you turn green and treble in size?

    • HeatFan says:

      It’s about time you got mad, Nate … but at the way you’ve been playing! If it wasn’t because we had between 1 and 3 starters for half of the season, you would be far from being #1 seed, and if it were for Hibbert, you wouldn’t even be it the playoffs!!!

      I really hope Pacers find their courage back. Last year they frightened me as a mad dog, nowadays a French poodle is a much scarier thought!!!!

    • David says:

      Do you mean the car or our 2-1 series lead? I would think they would be upset enough at the latter considering they are the #1 Seed. If they need a charity event to push them into white hot rage, they won’t last long.

  2. Shawn Kemp no. 1 says:

    yea, as if they’re gonna become good shooters all of a sudden if they’re mad

  3. ohwow says:

    Hopefully the Pacers don’t host a “Pound a Hawk” event. I’m sure PETA wouldn’t enjoy that.

  4. Brooke says:

    Stupid idea. Why give the opponent any extra motivation?

  5. Sigmoid Froid says:

    The whole pacer team will have a go… 5 dollars each… quite cheap to pay for to DESTROY This Car which is a symbol of their unimpressive games…. like a Phoenix Rising from the ashes. they will park a yellow sunstreaking hotrod outside the bankers life fieldhouse… with a giant dead bird on its Wheels…

  6. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    As much as I like the Hawks to upset the PAcers, leave the poor car alone!

  7. funkypiston says:

    That’s the best idea they could come up with for charity ? Pound a car in the name of a Pacer ? I think its high time Pacers tweak the roster. Start CJ Watson and Luis Scola. To make Roy Hibbert effective or atleast test if he is alive, play him with 4 shooters and see what happens. Its just a matter of game 4 for Indiana. If they win this, they get two chances to play at home.

  8. jase says:


  9. lakerphan24 says:

    This is just so disrespectful. The only reason the hawks up in the series is because roy hibbert is playing scared and the hawks have taken him out of the paint. But doing this kind of stuff makes neutral fans root against you.

  10. sr says:

    meaningless violence

  11. OKC says:

    Why are people getting so hot? It’s just a car being used as a corny symbolic gesture. It’s a fun idea but how could anyone ever be offended by this lol? What is it Larry Birds car or something?

  12. Paul says:

    I’m a pretty die-hard Pacer fan, but I like this. It’s funny, and it’s for a great cause. Respect.

  13. matt says:

    The hawks will take it all tha way. all i got to say

  14. Agudo says:

    Hilarious. But not sure if this is the kind of ‘act of aggression’ any team should be condoning.

  15. eezynee says:

    That’s a merth mobile! what a waste, i’ve always wanted one of those cars for my hanging with ravi shankar phase

  16. Kanye says:

    Improving the quality of life & inspiring the youth….by breaking and smashing a car. seriously?
    Right now, there’s a kid in Africa walking to school barefoot. She could use that car.

  17. Jorge says:

    The Pacers would probably do better if the started Larry Bird instead of Hibbert at this point

  18. jase says:


  19. some dude says:

    this is pretty cool, they should do this more often, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…………………….sorry.