Well last night was not one of those memorable times in Madison Square Garden for the Pacers as they went down 115-100. That final score is not indicative of how much the Knicks put it on this Pacers team. Danny Granger must have fueled that Knicks team with his comments about these two games being “winnable”, which as a Pacers fan I had this same thought. The Pacers had been playing well for two games, and had this Knicks team just playing with a new coach, and working the pieces together for that. But the Knicks sure came out with a vengeance and ran all over the Pacers. Late in the third quarter, the lead was up around 31 points. The white flag came out in the fourth as Coach Vogel put his starters on the bench to get ready for tonight’s game against the same time.
Tonight, the Pacers will need to put up a great showing, and they should be able to do that. But last night, this team looked like they just started playing. Down 21-6 early in the first quarter, the Pacers couldn’t do anything. Then the Knicks go on a run of 14-2 in the second quarter, and the Pacers get down by 19 at halftime.
It wasn’t pretty after that, and it’s amazing to think that the Pacers got outrun all this time. After putting up good fight against the Heat, winning the two games at home earlier in the week, and this is the effort the team brings.
You could say the Knicks got a fresh start with the coaching change, and that’s why they played as well as they did. So maybe the credit should go more to their effort than the Pacers lack of effort. Or maybe lack of ability to make things happen in this game.
It’s going to be Pacers and Knicks tonight at home with a sellout crowd rocking Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, so the Pacers should be able to get out and play much better. There’s the possibility of Leandro Barbosa, who the Pacers got on the last day of the trade deadline, could make an appearance in this game, so maybe he adds some punch to the Pacers. In front of the hometown crowd, the Pacers need to bring their A game and take care of the Knicks tonight.