There is quite a lot that makes the NBA playoffs special, but none more so than the excitement that comes with a Game 7 to decide a series. This weekend, we get to sit back and enjoy five of them as possibly the best first round ever finally comes to a close. Tonight, the Indiana Pacers get a chance to do something that have never done before — host a deciding game in their own building.
It was no secret that the Pacers were striving to get the No. 1 seed this year in the Eastern Conference; they wanted to have the upper-hand when they played the Miami Heat. Although this Game 7 is only in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks, they are still glad to have the passion of their fans to cheer them on to what they hope is a victory.
What we are all waiting on now is to find out which Pacers team will show up; will they take advantage of the opportunity presenting itself, or will they fall short yet again this time without the chance to pick themselves up? There is a collective uneasiness around the city of Indianapolis today, and based on the way the last few months have gone, you can not blame them. It has been quite the season for the Pacers, and they must fight off elimination once again to keep it alive.
Tonight, Paul George will show up and will again carry his team on to the second round. The greatest part about going through a tough stretch and having all the doubters in your corner is finding a way to push on and quiet all those who did not believe. Moving on to the second round by beating a very average Hawks team will not by any means solve all of their problems, but it sure is a good place to start.