So, I think basically there are two ways to look at the end of game 4.
#1. The Magic realized that they weren't winning 3 in a row to win the series and played as hard and well as they could with all the emotion of a must win, while we were on cruise control thinking it was over.
Reason why this is the case: The Pacers could have easily let the comeback get to them and lose but in the final seconds of the 4th and in OT made plenty of clutch plays.
#2. The Pacers inability to close games is the byproduct of their inexperience and is unfix able this year.
Reason why this is the case: This isn't the first time we have seen this. We all remember the pain of a simple regular season loss at Sacramento this year. Likewise for the game at Miami. And of course we don't have to go back that far either, game 1 was painful to watch down the stretch. Last year multiple times in the Chicago series was also an example.
In conclusion. I do think that our inexperience in crunch time big game moments is a factor. However I think it is fixable. The offense needs to run through West and Hibbert every possession down the stretch. Besides the fact that both are bigger and stronger than most opponents and can score high percentage buckets, they are both smart enough to know what to do when a double team comes and kick it out for a Granger, Hill, George wide open three instead of a end of shot clock contested jumper by the aforementioned trio.
But hey, how great is it Pacer fans that we are nitpicking about HOW they went up 3-1 in a playoff series. Go Pacers!
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