The Indiana Pacers area down south in the sunny state of Florida for two hot games. First up, they travel to Orlando and face a Magic team, where they need to come right out and put away this team. Then they head to Miami to try to stop the red hot Heat. That one should be quite a game to watch. But first things are first, and this Magic game needs to be one where the Pacers regain some identity.
That end of the Boston game at home on Wednesday night was ugly. No points in the last five minutes for the Pacers. That just can’t happen. The Celtics did pump up the defense, but there are scoring options on the Pacers. To have a lead of 9 points as well, and lose that lead, once again, that can’t happen.
I would look for the Pacers to come out and really play with intensity tonight. I don’t want the Magic to have a whiff of a chance to be in this game. I feel like that’s something that can be missing from the Pacers at times, that killer instinct. With a guy like David West leading the way, you should have that at your disposal. This Pacers defense can lock down so much, and tonight against the rag tag team of Orlando Magic, where it’s hard telling who’s there, the Pacers should handle them.
How about feeding the ball to Roy Hibbert throughout the game? I thought last game out and for the past few games, Hibbert has really been active and looking to score. Therefore, I would hope the Pacers take advantage of that, and don’t just let Hibbert get baskets on put backs. But instead, feed him the ball throughout the game, and let him work. If he’s going to get back his shot, then he needs the ball in his hands. If Hibbert can get back to form, then the Pacers should be a deadly team to contend with.
I just know the Pacers can’t come out slow, and hope to just finish the game up in a furious fashion. I want tonight’s game to be one of those wall to wall wins. That sets up much better for the bigger task on Sunday night to stop the Heat team. Who better to end the streak of the Heat than than the team that gave the Heat that loss before it?