I’d truly be remiss if I didn’t write a post about the Indiana Pacers before their regular season comes to an end on April 25.
With college basketball over and the Peyton Manning-related headlines now long gone, the state of Indiana can fully turn its full attention to the Pacers and the truly remarkable season they are having.
With wins over virtually every top team in the league, including Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and more, a roster of great guys who are having fun playing the game, and a clinched spot in the playoffs – it’s hard not to get excited.
While talking with my barber recently, we discussed why there isn’t even more attention being paid to this team. He felt there was no personality on the squad on par with that of Reggie Miller, which is why the recent success seems to be going under the radar of the general public.
We both agreed, though, that there is only one Reggie Miller and maybe we shouldn’t be looking to replace him but rather embrace the team we have. We also agreed that the rest of the season will be exciting as the team can now focus on the mission of achieving home-court advantage for its first-round matchup.
That mission will be easier thanks to the recent addition of Leandro Barbosa, who has already integrated himself into the team’s flow nicely. Also joining the team is 7’1” Kyrylo Fesenko, who gives the team some needed height when Hibbert is on the bench following the retirement of Jeff Foster.
With the fifth-best record in the NBA, and a two-game lead on Atlanta for the third-place spot in the East, the Pacers have all the momentum heading into the final seven games. Lucky for fans, the final four games of the season are all home games, including matchups against the Bucks, 76ers, Pistons and, finally, the Bulls.
I encourage you to make your way to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to see the Pacers close out the season and help the home team finish on a high note before they surprise a lot of people in this year’s playoffs.