May 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel draws a play during the fourth quarter of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. Indiana defeated Orlando 101-99 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
I was at a jam packed youth baseball complex during the fourth quarter of the Pacers game on Saturday, wondering if my phone was acting up as the Pacers 21-point lead kept dwindling. By the end of the day, the Pacers pulled out a key Game 4 win but the W was treated like a loss. By losing that late lead the Pacers also lose the public trust all because of what amounts to five minutes of failure which allowed the Magic back into the Game 4.
Having watched it a couple of times now, it wasn't pretty, but should that five minutes outweigh the strong effort in Game 2 and dominating performance in Game 3. Apparently not since now the Pacers are summarily dismissed as a threat to challenge the Miami Heat in the next round. Never mind that the Heat failed to close out the Knicks on Sunday.
Honestly, I think the Pacers are better off in the under-the-radar position as they continue to mature as a team and figure out how to handle success and adulation. Getting over the hump and beating the Magic to clinch the series is all that matters now. Then we'll see what they have for the Heat.
On a positive note, I shattered the record this weekend for most unsolicited comments about the Pacers from random people at various activities I attended. Nice to hear the buzz about the team.
Check out the links after the jump, including info on the Pacers Pep Rally today at Castleton.
- Pacers Pep Rally on Monday, May 7 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Caught in the Web: Collison Brings Much-Needed Spark to Second Unit | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Indiana Pacers: Roy Hibbert welcomes David West's help | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers notebook: George struggles with 3-point shooting | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Orlando Magic: After a devastating loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Orlando Magic will try to recover from heartbreak to win Game 5 Tuesday night in Indianapolis - Orlando Sentinel
- NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic's Ryan Anderson to Enter Free Agency "With an Open Mind," According to Report - Orlando Pinstriped Post
- Indiana Pacers don't imbue fans with confidence, or Heat with fear - NBA - Sporting News
- Indiana and Orlando: Game 4 Video Playbook | Hickory-High
- Acquiring Hill paying off big for victorious Pacers – USATODAY.com
- Pacers revved up with chance to close out Magic - AP
- The Pacers’ Defensive Collapse in Game 4 Nearly Cost Them the Win | Eight Points, Nine Seconds
- Pacers GM first of maybe many to get look for Blazers job | ProBasketballTalk
- Rajon Rondo looming as threat to Heat's title run - Yahoo! Sports
- NBA Free Agents 2012: Jameer Nelson Eligible for No-Trade Clause if He Signs New Contract with Orlando Magic - Orlando Pinstriped Post