Pacers' pace enough to get a good start
The Indiana Pacers dominated Atlanta to win Game 1 of their 3-6 Eastern Conference matchup Sunday afternoon at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game got the "slot of death," comparative to other, sexier games. It was broadcast at 1 pm Sunday on TNT.
All I have heard from this series is "lack of star power. Only watch if you want a cure for amnesia." And to be sure, this first round series lacks a LeBron, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul or Blake Griffin. What it has in Indiana is a team that plays tough, smart defense and a group of starters who can get it done. They also have possibly the most underrated coach in the NBA today, Frank Vogel.
As I remember in the recesses of my memory, in the early 2000's, the Pacers and New York Knicks played four games that " tapes of the games should be destroyed for the good of basketball." That was just before Reggie Miller torched Madison Square Garden for 25 in the fourth quarter, and became a legend. Now, I'm not saying that Paul George or David West will do the same thing-- what I am saying is don't judge a Series by its cover... or its expert predictions. Indiana may be winning ugly, without a Chris Paul or Tim Duncan or Ricky Rubio-- but it IS winning. Grit-- not glitz-- will take this team where it will go. Indiana is a blue collar state; this group of overachieving Pacers fits the state perfectly. Whether or not the national pundits like it doesn't matter. These Pacers are setting their own pace-- and slow as it may be... it seems to be working...
That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.
Tags : Topics : SportsSocial : SportsLocations : Atlanta, Indiana, IndianapolisPeople : Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, David West, Frank Vogel, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Reggie Miller, Ricky Rubio, Tim Duncan