Watching tonight's game, with Granger watching from the bench, it seemed to me like the emotional leader on the team was Dahntay Jones. Honestly, after he FINALLY found his rhythm in the 2nd half, it seemed like the team really becamed energized behind him. Luther Head and TJ Ford did make some big plays, as well as Murph with the clutch 3s. To me though the standout guy was really Dahntay Jones. I'm quite glad he found his offensive game when he came to Indiana. He IS the kind of gritty leader that the Pacers really need. I don't know if he's quite vocal enough to be a leader yet, but I think down the road, sooner rather than later, Dahntay Jones might step up and become the leader of this team. God knows we really needed his energy tonight after the TERRIBLE past few outings where the Pacers just looked completely dead. It's good to see Murph finally get back in the flow of things. I still don't think he's all the way there, but tonight was a huge step.
Finally on a side note, I have to give credit to TJ Ford. I have HATED on TJ Ford for a long time now, but when it mattered tonight in the 4th quarter, he did a good job of managing the game. He did make a few bonehead moves earlier in the game like the lob over his head to... it seemed like troy murphy but ended up no where near him. Like I said though, at the end of the game, I didn't see him recklessly driving with no direction. Late in the game tonight, when he drove the ball he was driving it to shoot it. I don't know if JOB told him to do it because of Baron Davis being in foul trouble or not, but whatever it was, I liked it. He just seemed to really feel comfortable with the ball in his hands late in the game tonight, which I'm not used to seeing.
Ugly win, UGLY, but the last 1.5 quarters were pretty uplifting, and a win really is a win.