This is what happened today.
When I switched on the TV, the Pacers were up by a point in the second half against the New York Knicks, a team they recently lost to twice in back to back games. Granted, this time the Knicks were without Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire, but Carmelo Anthony had been playing well and the Knicks’ confidence was high.
Of course, the Pacers soon started playing like crap, and before long they were down by 8 points heading into half-time. I expected them to come out firing in the second half, but instead it was the Knicks that came out with more energy, quickly running the lead up to 15 points.
I turned the TV off in frustration, certain that the Pacers were heading for yet another loss.
Eventually, I couldn’t help it and snuck a peek, and what do you know? The Pacers came back and won the game.
I don’t care how they did it, but once again it shows when the Pacers play like crap, they really are crap. But when they’re good, they’re actually pretty good. You just never know which one is going to show up, and when.
Amazingly, the win, coupled with Orlando’s loss, moves the Pacers up to the third seed in the East. I don’t expect them to keep it up but if it can avoid a date with Boston in the first round then that’s welcome news.
Next up, the Pacers face the Wizards, a team they’ve really struggled to beat the last couple of times. This one will be at the Verizon Center in DC, where the Pacers had to come back from another massive deficit to steal victory. Not sure the Wizards would allow to happen again, so the Pacers better make sure they don’t fall behind early.