It’s amusing that the biggest news attention that the Indiana Pacers have received this season has to do with a scuffle, rather than the impressive year they are putting together. It’s not the fact that Paul George is a first-time All-Star that gains attention, or that Danny Granger has finally returned to the court. The only story involving Indiana to be considered to be a top story so far this season, revolves around a pushing-match that happened against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
The fact that the Pacers rebounded with a win against the Warriors, after losing to them earlier this season, was overshadowed by a scuffle involving Roy Hibbert and several of the opposing team’s players. Indiana has defeated the world champion Miami Heat by double-digits twice this year, but that story gets easily swept under the rug. The Pacers have won five games in a row, and are two last-second overtime losses away from having won ten games in a row. None of these accolades got nearly the attention that Tuesday night’s skirmish did.
The Golden State Warriors put up a great game in the loss, including 38 points by Steph Curry. Golden State has obviously took on the personality of their coach, former Indiana Pacers legend Mark Jackson. Both these teams are scrappy, but this story is really not a story at all. This small instance in an otherwise amazing game is a perfect example of certain media outlets focusing more on the unnecessarily negative. Still, at least people are finally talking about the Pacers.