Pacers prove stars are overrated
The Indiana Pacers did something last night only one other team has ever done in the history of the NBA. The Pacers trailed the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse by 21 points with nine minutes left. What happened then? The Pacers outscored the Cavs by 26 points in the last nine minutes to win the game by five.
How rare was it? The Pacer comeback was only the second time in NBA history a team made up a 20 point deficit in the fourth period. The only other time was around ten years ago, with the L.A. Lakers came back from a similar deficit against the Dallas Mavericks.
Last night's comeback just cements something-- at their best, the Pacers are among the best teams in the NBA. They are also among the least glamorous. Outside of the Indianapolis metro area, can anyone name any of Indiana's top starters? Danny Granger is the star-- but he isn't a household name. David West, Roy Hibbert, et al? Not exactly Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, Steve Nash, Blake Griffin, or Chris Paul. No, Indiana isn't a "sexy" team...but they are third in the Eastern Conference. They also may be the Kryptonite to the Miami Heat's Supermen. Coach Frank Vogel may be using mirrors, but he is doing the job with the Pacers. They have the grit, defense, and first-line players to make a deep impact in the NBA playoffs.
However, this team is different than the 1990's-vintage Pacers who made several Eastern Conference Finals, and its lone NBA Finals appearance in 2000. This team doesn't have Reggie Miller hitting 25 points in the final quarter to beat the Knicks-- and superfan Spike Lee. It doesn't have that team's coat of glitz. This team has grit instead of glitz-- which means it may not be pretty to watch on TNT or ESPN, but blue collar teams can still win in today's NBA.
The Pacers... a great representative of Indiana's famous work ethic. Remember this point about Indiana in the coming playoff... Their style may not be sexy, but winning always is.
That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.
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