Game 1 of the NBA playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic was playing out in similar fashion to several wins the Pacers logged during the regular season. Not playing their best, but hanging around and then surging in the end to make enough plays to win the game.
But this is the playoffs and after surging to take the lead as expected, when it came to close out the W...nothing.
Paul George missed two threes that went in and out. Danny Granger rimmed out a layup, missed two free throws and then traveled on the biggest possession in the final minute. The playoffs carry a different intensity and pressure and the Pacers weren't able to play through it. Real disappointing.
So now they move back to the familiar role of the forgotten team that doesn't have enough fire power to compete. A role by the way, I think the team is more comfortable playing. They bounced back all season when doubts crept up and they had to play with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
But that was the regular season. Now we'll see if they can do it in the playoffs.
Check out the links after the jump.
- Box score: 81-77
- Rewind: Game 1 Pacers vs. Magic 120428 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Pacers Insider: Granger gets his moment but lets it slip away | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Bob Kravitz: Dumbfounding collapse by Pacers | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers: Yep, the blue and gold choked | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
- Orlando Magic's walking wounded shock Indiana Pacers in Game 1 - Orlando Sentinel
- NBA: Pacers Playoffs Notebook: Pacers hope to put game on mistakes behind - fox59.com
- Notebook: Foster still roots for Pacers | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Howard-less Magic shock Pacers – USATODAY.com
- Pacers Collapse Late, Cough Up Game 1 | Eight Points, Nine Seconds
- VIDEO: Chris Duhon's Travel Dance Wins Everything - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
- 2012 NBA Playoffs, Pacers vs. Magic Game One: Orlando Scores 11 Unanswered Late to Upset Indy in Series Opener, 81-77 - Orlando Pinstriped Post
- Pacers Lose Playoff Opener: Bulls Win But Lose Rose For Season | Indiana's NewsCenter: News, Sports, Weather, Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, CW, and MyFOX | Sports