Now we're having some fun.
Prior to Game 2, Indiana Pacers guard George Hill mentioned to Fox 59 that his team needed to get back to having fun and enjoy the game with one another as they have all season. In the second half of their win over the Miami Heat last night, the Pacers had all kinds of fun.
Dwyane Wade thought they were celebrating after the game, but no, the Pacers were just having fun. I've seen bigger "celebrations" from this crew heading into a timeout after a third quarter run in the regular season. They enjoy playing the game and playing together and when they play well it shows.
It is still hard to believe that the Pacers survived some horrific stretches of play in the first half and still won this game. Extending the series before heading home was huge. Now the Heat know they are in for the long haul and have to rely on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade holding up through a physical series in which they will have to play a ton of minutes.
So now is the time to stay on the grind for the Pacers and get a boost from the home crowd. Earlier this morning, local company MainGate was pumping out 20,000 "Gold Swagger" t-shirts for the crowd on Thursday night. With this series fully in play now, the Fieldhouse should be rockin' like never before.
Check out the links after the jump.
- Box score: Pacers 78, Heat 75
- Rewind: Game 2 Pacers vs. Heat 120515 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Pacers even series with Heat behind coach Frank Vogel's confidence | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Bob Kravitz: Pacers' Paul George epitomizes team's sudden growth spurt | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers notebook: David West helps team members keep their heads | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semi-Finals: Pacers at Heat Game 2 - fox59.com
- Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade take on Indiana Pacers, David West, Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
- Miami Heat in trouble after Game 2 loss to Indiana Pacers - Greg Cote - MiamiHerald.com
- Indiana holds off Miami in Game 2, 78-75 - AP
- Miami Heat loses Game 2 to Indiana Pacers, series tied 1-1 - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
- Chris Bosh’s absence hurts Miami Heat’s ability to score - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
- Wade said the Pacers did what? | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
- Dwyane Wade Accuses Pacers Of Excessive Celebration - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
- NBA: Pacers Playoffs Notebook: The idea of fun pushes Indiana to even series with Miami at one - fox59.com
- Video: Dwyane Wade tackles Darren Collison on a fast break | The Basketball Jones | Blogs | theScore.com
- Pacers’ D, Lineup Moves Outlast Big 2 " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog
- LeBron’s Bricks: Gagged Or Gassed? " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog
- Pacers: Vogel pregame quotes | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
- Heat give fiery Pacers reason to celebrate - Heat Index Blog - ESPN
- Post-Game Grades: Pacers Win Sloppy Game 2 | Eight Points, Nine SecondsPost-Game Grades: Pacers Win Sloppy Game 2 | Eight Points, Nine Seconds
- Was Chalmers fouled on last-second shot? - Heat Index Blog - ESPN
- Sloppy play, poor free throw shooting doom Heat, lose to Pacers 78-75 - Peninsula is Mightier
- Shaq & Chuck on LeBron not taking over Inside the NBA - Peninsula is Mightier