Danny Granger made his debut at home last night against the Golden State Warriors but the buzz wasn't about Danny. Sitting in Section 1, Row 14 I had a front row view of the Pacers and Warriors shuffle, note I did not say brawl, with 6:11 left in the game Tuesday night. I will be the first to admit that the nightmare in Auburn Hills did come to mind when the teams started to fall into the crowd but that was quickly erased after the shoving match ended quickly. The fans in Indiana are classier then to throw trash on the court and this team is completely different than the 2003 Indiana Pacers who got into a real brawl with the city of Detroit in 2003 – and for that, I am grateful.
Last night was a perfect example of the recent story-lines for the Pacers. First, Danny Granger is back and getting playing time with the second unit. It was evident from last night’s play that Danny is still getting his basketball legs underneath him. He looked nervous shooting the basketball and that lead to a variety of missed shoots. It didn't help that Area 55 and the G2 Zone was chanting his name all night – I love the support but I am sure that added some pressure. Danny also tried to drive to the basket aggressively but you could sense the hesitation and so could the warriors. Finally Danny was a step behind his man defensively all night. Over the next month Granger’s concentration needs to be on getting his basketball legs back…then he can worry about being a starter again.
It is a good time to be a Pacers fan. The Pacers are currently second in the East, have beat the Heat twice this year, just crushed the Knicks and Pistons, are riding a five game win streak, 8-2 in their last 10 and are a tough team. That is right ESPN, Indiana is a tough, united team – and we have a full roster of all-stars…even if you don’t recognize them. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow - thanks for reading.
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