As to last night’s loss in Miami, I’ll just say
After playing a game that would have been nice for the Pacers to win, Indy is back to playing another game they need to win – this time against the Magic in Orlando. Hopefully, this one will work out better than the last “need” game – Tuesday’s loss to the Hawks.
It’s time for a Twitter Preview – my thoughts on the game in 140 seconds or less. From here on out, all of these will have playoff implications. Some broadly – with 28 games remaining, the Pacers’ “magic number” for clinching a playoff spot is 18. Some – like this one – specifically. Orlando holds the third best record in the East. They are 1-1/2 games ahead of Indy (not one, as I misspoke in the video), and the teams are tied in the loss column.
The Pacers got contributions from almost everyone last night, and if they get it again, I think they’ll win. However, I’m worried about the hangover factor. This has been a series where the second half has dictated the outcome, but after last night’s gut-wrenching loss, I think the first quarter is crucial. If the Pacers come out flat, they’re in trouble.
You can follow Jared Wade (@8pts9secs) and I (@TimDonahue8p9s) during the game on Twitter for the Pacers’ side. From the Magic side, keep up with Eddy Rivera (@erivera7) and be sure to check out our True Hoop sister site: MagicBasketball.net.
Keep your eyes peeled for info on a Pacers Talk Live after the game, and come see us.
Fly along with me, I can’t quite make it alone
For those who cannot access the video due to the music – click here for a version without the music.
For my fellow stat geeks and obsessive-compulsives, I give you the fact sheets.