May 14, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over New York Knicks power forward Kenyon Martin (3)in game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.The Pacers won 93-82. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2013: Indiana Pacers are at Closing Time

Closing time
Open all the doors and let you out into the world
Closing time
Turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl
Closing time
One last call for alcohol so finish your whiskey or beer
Closing time
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here

May 14, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) takes a shot against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana won 93-82. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Now that I’ve successfully put this song in your head, we’re at the point where the Indiana Pacers HAVE to close out the New York Knicks this evening.  What better way to do it in New York City as well, where the old Pacer memories were made.  Tonight is a huge opportunity to show that the Pacers are ready for the next challenge of the Eastern Conference Finals.  Who’s waiting there, oh that Miami Heat team?  But let’s not get too far ahead, and wear all black like the New York Knicks did in the first round.  But this is the time for the Pacers to put on their blue collars and work the Knicks into the ground.

Paul George needs to step his game up a little more, and make some shots.  He had a bad evening of shooting, but still got to 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.  That’s where we are with George’s game, he can hurt teams in other ways. He’s rounding into that all around player that the Pacers haven’t really had.  He has a great shot at becoming that “superstar” player, and how great would that be for this city?

I’d look for Roy Hibbert to work the Knicks as well. He had a fantastic game two games ago, but didn’t seem to score as easily last game.  He needs to be in double figures and grab at least 10 rebounds to put all the pressure on the big men of the Knicks. I think the Pacers have shown how much of an advantage they have in that area, and now’s the time for that.

It’s closing time for the Pacers.  Time to finish the New York Knicks.  Time to shut up Stephen A. Smith, and all those blow hards that believed the Knicks were the better team. They’re not showing that now. Closing time for the Pacers and what better way to close out the series in the city that doesn’t sleep.

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