I have to admit - I was feeling a little down about my Indiana Pacers after losing to the Knicks two nights in a row. I was flying high after a big win over the 76er's as I watched from section 226 but then Granger opened his mouth and the Knicks put up to shut us up. The Pacers looked bad in both losses and it looked like this young team was crumbing. The Feildhouse has not been full most of the season but it has been energetic and recently the seats have been filling up more consistently. It is always hard to fill up Banker's Life Feildhouse on a Tuesday night but tonight just under 15,000 fans showed up and they gave the Pacers some energy.
I was a little nervous after the Pacers blunder in front of a sold out crowd on Saturday but Captain Barbosa came off the bench to get the crowd, and the bench, rockin! The Pacers bench outscored the Clippers bench 36 to 6 in the first half. Hansbrough, Hill and Barbosa had huge nights behind Danny Granger who led the team with 25 points and 8 rebounds - making up for this past weekend.
There were a lot of highlights in the game from behind the back passes to George Hill three pointers...the Pacers played good defense and hard offense. It was pretty easy to see that this Pacers team had passion and pride in their team and the game tonight - a spark that was missing over the weekend. The aggressive play of the Pacers got under the Clippers skin and the Clippers just could not recover.
The night was summarized nicely when Barbosa was interviewed on FSIndiana and he commented on how he had not played in front of a crowd like this in sometime. It just shows that Pacer fans are starting to come out of the wood work. This Pacers team has had a lot of ups and downs this year and will continue to have times that they struggle. It is part of having a young but balanced team. Tonight was a big win and confidence boost for the Pacers and the solid crowd on a Tuesday night!