The Indiana Pacers missed a golden opportunity last night to close out their series with the Washington Wizards at home. To say that they lost does not seem to do it proper justice, as the Pacers were flat-out embarrassed on their home court. After taking the previous two games in D.C. you figured this team had the confidence to close out strong.
All of that being said, I think we are quick to forget that the Pacers were winners of four of their last five playoff games, three of those wins coming on the road. They have seen improved play from Roy Hibbert, and Paul George has continued to emerge as a leader and star of this team. One game is all last night was, and a strong performance tomorrow in Washington can put all of this to rest.
I am not going to make excuses for the way this team played; we all saw it and it was embarrassing. However, hindsight is 20/20 and we have seen this script before as the Pacers struggle in games we all expect them to win, and then come out and win games that we don’t expect them to win.
The blowout shook them up, and they probably just expected to walk in and get handed a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s now time to see if they can handle things on the road, or if they will let a Game 7 happen and really let the media run with it. The Pacers will take it tomorrow night.