Tonight the Indiana Pacers had a night much like my afternoon. After losing a tough game in Chicago the Pacers had to play a tough Atlanta team at home. In the first half the defense looked like Swiss cheese and the Pacers fell behind to the Hawks by as many as 16. I had a pit in my stomach as I started to think about the Pacers team that went on a five game losing streak. Then all of a sudden the Pacers turned the game around.
Led by the scoring of David West and defensive efforts of Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger the Pacers marched back into the game cutting the lead to 4 at halftime and took the lead late in the 3rd quarter. The Pacers continued to eliminate the Hawks lead and then the Hawks would hit some three pointers to pull away. In the end the Pacers weren’t able to overcome the deficit and win the game – falling to the Hawks 101 – 96. The Pacers did get the crowds blood pumping at the end because they stopped letting the Hawks control the game.
Tonight displayed that in order for the Pacers to continue being competitive and win games they must do the following:
1. Play strong man to man defense
2. Move the ball to keep the defense on their toes, finding the open man
3. Drive vertically and pass horizontally