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So over the past few days I’ve been super heartbroken over a lost love, had a flat tire and caught my office chair on fire, quite a week huh? The only bright spot thus far between my hours of crying have been my Indiana Pacers.
It’s been a rough few years being a Pacers fan, but I held on and cheered on the hometown team thru years of pitiful seasons and now it is all paying off. With our Gold Swagger shirts and our fans furiously chanting, “Beat the Heat!”
The Indiana Pacers’ faithful came home to Bankers Life Fieldhouse ready to go balls out in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals and we weren’t disappointed, taking a 2-1 series lead by beating the Chris Bosh-less Miami Heat, 94-75.
“It was the best atmosphere in my four years here,” Pacers center Roy Hibbert said. The Pacers blew out the Heat with a balanced scoring attack. Pacers point guard and hometown hero George Hill led the way with 20 points and five assists, including a crucial nine-point second quarter to keep the game close at halftime.
So while many are busy discussing the “Heat Meltdown”, they’re sleeping on the amazingly balanced play of the Indiana Pacers.
Just as I have spent hours and hours crying about my broken heart and lost love, the Indiana Pacers have frustrated the Miami Heat in their first three games of their seven game series, winning games two and three by simply out-gritting the Chris Bosh-less Heat making them look heartbroken.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been required to carry the weight and it hasn’t worked against the spread out offense and solid defense that the 2011/2012 Executive of The Year, Larry Bird has put together.
So for all that money spent, it’s clear that James won’t be able to carry the team by himself, the entire world saw how that usually goes with him during his stay as the “Lone Ranger” in Cleveland. If this continues, then my Indiana Pacers should have no trouble keeping this series gratefully in their own hands.
RANDOM FACT: The Indiana Pacers total combined salary for the season is $36,277,329 compared to Miami’s $78,053,070….moral of the story is money can’t buy you love or a championship.