With their win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pacers are headed to the playoffs for the second straight year. After four or five years of missing the playoffs, and all those playoff runs of the 90′s, this is a great thing for this Pacers team. It shows they are on their way back up to proving they are a NBA contender, and hopefully a good playoff run further proves that.
This game almost got away from the Pacers as they were sleep walking through that first quarter, and only put up 16 points. Then a slow start to the second quarter saw the Cavs running away for a 14 point lead. But the Pacers finally got things going, and started chipping away.
The third quarter is where things broke open, and they put up 34 points, while holding the Cavs to 13 points there. The effort really came forward in that quarter as things finally started clicking and they were on their way to putting this Cavs team, who they’ve had some problems with this season, away.
You know things are going well for the Pacers when Kyrylo Fesenko played seven minutes in the fourth quarter, who is someone I would consider the last man off the bench. Unless Jeff Pendergraph wants to fight him for that title as even he got some minutes in this game, and the Pacers were out comfortably ahead.
Lots of scoring to talk about as Danny Granger had 18 points, Tyler Hansbrough put up 16 points off the bench, Leandro Barbosa had 13 points, and Roy Hibbert put together a double double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Perhaps the downside to the scoring binge was Paul George who missed of all his shots, and didn’t score a point. He’ a guy who needs to get back on track and really help this team put together the playoff run.
The Pacers keep their hold on the third spot in the Eastern and add a game to the lead as the Hawks went down. With seven games left against some inferior competition, it would be fantastic for the Pacers to keep winning and gain lots of momentum for the playoffs by playing well, and up to where they should be. It starts up again tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Then six games left with a final date with the Bulls.