The long wait continues for Game 3 on Saturday night between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. With this scheduled neither team should have problems playin' 'em one game at a time since looking ahead past the next game requires too much effort and some sort of telescope.
The Pacers were back at work on the court for practice on Thursday after taking Wednesday off. That meant a round of media interviews which allowed Frank Vogel to discuss the oft-criticized third-quarter timeout in Game 2 from a much calmer perspective than immediately following the game.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel admitted that nothing went right for the Pacers after he called timeout with three minutes left in the third quarter, but he did confirm the valid reasons for calling the timeout based on what he saw on the floor.
"The game changed at that point clearly. It wasn't my intent. You try to keep momentum at that point. I didn't feel we had them on the ropes in a two-point game, on the road with 15 minutes to play," Vogel said of the most scrutinized timeout of the playoffs. "I saw us have two or three possessions before that timeout that were bad possessions. One of them led to a [3-pointer late in the shot clock]. We looked tired. Certainly it didn't work out. Hindsight is 20/20, right?"
Quite easy to look back after a 30-2 run and say it was a bad timeout, even for the coach.
Both teams have another full day off on Friday to practice and prepare before the 8 p.m. ET tip on Saturday night.
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