If you have followed the Indiana Pacers this year, the 9-0 start after a 26-point win over the Milwaukee Bucks seems like an eternity away. The season started with one stated goal: to get home-court advantage so that when they face the Miami Heat in the playoffs, Game 7 is on their own court.
Well, here they are in the first round, one game away from being eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks. A season that had championship blueprints is now headed towards what could be the biggest collapse in recent memory.
Usually, it would be appropriate to state that the pressure is on the Hawks; if they don’t pull it out at home, they could see such a great opportunity slip away by letting it move back to Indianapolis for game 7. However, if the Pacers lose and the season does indeed end on such a puzzling note, a shake up is bound to happen. This is the kind of situation where players get traded and people lose jobs.
As a fan and basketball enthusiast, I hope Indiana is able to finally find a way to get this train back on the right track. I hope that one of the best coaches in the NBA in Frank Vogel isn’t put under the pressure of being fired, and a team that was able to bring so much hope back to the state of Indiana isn’t broken up.
If I have learned anything from this Pacers team of late, it is that I have no idea how tonight is going to play out. They could win by 20 or lose by 20. I do know that by this time tomorrow, we are either talking about who is on their way out of Indiana or about how the team is back on the right track, ready to close this series out on Saturday.
Isn’t it crazy how one game can mean so much?