The Indiana Pacers have an opportunity of a lifetime in Game 7 at the Garden

The Indiana Pacers have the chance to do something that not a lot of teams do. That is beating the Knicks at the Garden in a Game 7.
May 17, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) celebrates a made
May 17, 2024; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard (2) celebrates a made / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers were able to force a Game 7 by beating the Knicks on Friday night. It was a 116-103 beatdown. It was really nice to see that Indiana was able to bounce back after a horrible effort in Game 5. The young team needed to respond.

Now, the teams will face off on Sunday in one of the greatest arenas in the world. Madison Square Garden will host another famous chapter in this historic rivalry. In this series, the home team has won every game so far. You would think that bodes well for the Knicks.

The Pacers have a chance to do something that hasn't been done in almost 30 years. That's the last time the Knicks had a home Game 7. It was also the last time that they lost. The team that beat them? The Indiana Pacers. That happened back in 1995 when Reggie Miller was leading the squad.

This year's version of the Pacers is a much younger team led by Tyrese Haliburton, who has struggled on the road in this series. He hasn't been as aggressive on the road. He wasn't overly aggressive in Game 6, but he was aggressive enough with his shot to make a difference.

Myles Turner is the key player in Game 7. He did an excellent job of blocking out Isaiah Hartenstein in Game 6 to keep him from getting offensive rebounds. He is going to be the key on Sunday. The Pacers need him to do the exact same thing while still being aggressive offensively.

If the Pacers do silence the Knicks at the Garden, it will be the biggest accomplishment for the franchise in a decade. It would be the first time since 2014 that they have made the Conference Finals. They also could give Boston some more trouble than people think,


They aren't focused on that right now. All they are focused on is doing what they need to do to beat New York on Sunday afternoon.