Clear your schedule. Hide the television remote. Pull the cooler next to the couch and prepare yourself to enjoy from dawn to dusk the best the Indiana Pacers have to offer.
NBATV is showcasing some of the best games in team history on Monday, Aug. 24, from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. It's wall-to-wall action that ranges from Reggie Miller's first NBA contest in 1987, all the way to the double-overtime 2002 Game 5 loss to the Nets. So color your room in blue and gold and enjoy the old glory days. As for Knicks fans, do not turn on the TV from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For a complete schedule, check out the jump.
These are tentatively scheduled, but this is the current plan for Mon, Aug. 24 on NBATV. If you don't have the channel, then this should be a great motivator to call your service provider and get it added.
5:30 a.m. -- Marv Albert Show: Features former Pacers legend Reggie Miller as a guest on Albert's one-on-one interview show.
6 a.m. -- Indiana at Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1987: Rookie Reggie Miller came off the bench to score 10 points in 26 minutes in his NBA debut against the 76ers. Miller also drains the first 3-pointer of his record-setting career. You also get to relive the days of Scott Skiles, Steve Stipanovic, John Long and Chuck Person in classic Pacers uniforms.
8 a.m. -- Indiana at New York, Game 5, June 1, 1994: This is the classic Reggie Miller 25-point fourth quarter blasting of the Knicks that also showcases Spike Lee choking on the sidelines. Just don't let your kids read Reggie's lips.
10 a.m. -- Indiana at New York, Game 1, May 7, 1995: Watch NBA analyst Bill Walton eat his own words as he leaves the Pacers for dead just moments before Reggie resurrects the Pacers playoff hopes in under 10 seconds.
Noon -- Indiana at New York, Game 7, May 21, 1995: Ding, dong the witch is dead! The Pacers get ready to pack their bags for Disney World as they finally overcome the Knicks in a playoff series after Patrick Ewing's potential game-tying layup missed the mark as time expired.
2 p.m. -- Orlando at Indiana, Game 4, May 29, 1995: There were four "game-winning" shots in the final 13 seconds, but only one of them did the deed as Rik Smits had his day in the spotlight after faking the crap out of Tree Rollins to hit the buzzer-beating jumper.
4 p.m. -- Chicago at Indiana, Game 4, May 25, 1998: Reggie does his dance, while coach Larry Bird looks as cold as ice, after Miller "shakes" free from Michael Jordan to hit the game-winner.
8 p.m. -- Indiana at New Jersey, Game 5, May 2, 2002: The Pacers wind up losing in double-overtime but Reggie tries to save the day with an out-of-this world 3-pointer in regulation and dunk on the entire Nets squad in the first OT.
I've always been certain that if I was forced to watch just one game from the Indiana Pacers past, it would be the Game 4 win over Jordan's Bulls squad...but that Orlando-Indiana game from the 1995 ECF is just ridiculous. Add Mark Boyle's play-by-play after Smits hits the shot and it becomes legendary. So tough to decide which is best. Guess I'll need to set aside the entire day so I can dutifully research this to the best of my abilities. I'm sure the wife will understand.
If you had to pick the historic game that can't be topped, which one would you choose?