As we walk down the terminal the lack of fan support came up and we agreed it is inexplicable. The Pacers are in the playoffs for the third straight season, the “thugs” are gone and this is a young team always seems to have low expectations and high potential. I reflect upon a conversation I had with a co-worker about his Game 5 experience at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse – he was able to get $4 tickets off of StubHub and enjoy the game with his Fiancé. It is an undeniable mystery why the fans aren’t showing up and I wonder if fans will start to come out of the wood work to see the Pacers take on the Knicks. This is not just a playoff match-up, even though that should be enough, but this is a rivalry revived. In the 1990’s the Knicks and Pacers went back and forth, beating each other up and creating one of the greatest rivalries of all time.
The key tonight will be for the Pacers to continue roughing up Carmelo and make sure to get the Knicks in foul trouble early. Driving to the basket and playing physical basketball plays to the Pacers favor and will keep the score lower – an advantage for an offense that struggles at times. Statistically speaking one out of the four teams that won game one will lose the series…let’s make sure it is Oklahoma, Chicago or San Antonio. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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