Let’s book the Indiana Pacers for another three games in a row, as they’ve been carrying themselves to wins over the past five games as it is. But last night’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers might have been the most impressive as it was coming on the third night of three games in a row. Even adding in that the Pacers had to play the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks in the previous two games. Traveling to Philly right after a tough game against Atlanta, but they found a way to win. I think partly the Basketball Gods were on the Pacers’ side as the Sixers couldn’t do much of anything. They didn’t score over 20 points till the fourth quarter, and by then it didn’t matter as the Pacers were running away.
How about Roy Hibbert and his past couple of games? People are down on him this year, but two games of good play should turn that around. Last night’s effort really carried the Pacers as David West and Paul George went cold. Hibbert ends up with 16 points and 13 rebounds. I think if he can get that just about every night, we’re all back on the Hibbert train. I myself still am a big believer in him, and I also understand he’s not going to be a 20-10 guy. People think he should be, but he doesn’t have that type of game, and it’s fine. You paid him the big bucks to be good on the block when he’s there. If he can get 15 points 10 rebounds a night, I don’t think there’s much reason to complain. He’s garnered attention as a defensive stopper this season as well, which I think is impressive. When’s the last time a Pacers player has had that recognition?
This Pacers team is showing their different ways to win as they were able to get over 100 points the previous three games, but obviously showed the wear and tear last night. It’s probably impressive they put up 88 points last night considering they had 37 at half. The third quarter is where this game really went in the Pacers’ favor as they out scored the Sixers 22-14. Putting it away in the fourth was impressive as well with the team scoring 29 points on those tired legs.
No rest for the weary as they get a day off today, and right back at it tomorrow night against the Raptors to continue the home winning streak. Is there #16 going to happen tomorrow night?