The Pacers maintained home-court advantage with a win in Game 3 but the series could swing on Game 4
The Indiana Pacers are starting to show the folks that don't get a chance to see them play much, why they are a fun team to watch even when they win an otherwise ugly game as they did by beating the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
There's something about relentless effort and watching a visiting team get completely frustrated that is quite entertaining. Winning the hustle plays with Roy Hibbert leading the way by cleaning up on the offensive glass? That's fun. Paul George chasing an elite scorer around all night and getting his hands on balls, doing things that impact the game but don't show up in the traditional box score? That's fun.
Oh, and they enjoy playing the game together and actually do carry a fun loving personality if you care to inquire. Roy Hibbert took advantage of his podium time after the game to flash a little personality. After dominating the game around the rime, Hibbert won the post-game by brining a monocle to the room, an effort to take the post-game eye wear game of LeBron, DWade and Russell Westbrook up a notch.
TNT's Rachel Nichols captured a shot of Hibbert's monocle which he didn't wear but certainly made a part of his post-game interview.
Good times. Now the have taken back control of the series but it will all be up for grabs again in Game 4 which will be the pivotal games of the series.
Check out the links:
Knicks at Pacers - Game 3 box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 82, Knicks 71, Game 3 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Hibbert Having the Last Word | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Hibbert’s Offense The Difference In Pacers’ Game 3 Victory " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog
Hibbert looks like his new self in dominating Knicks - 1070 The Fan
Pacers protect home court, beat Knicks 82-71 - AP
With Hibbert at top of his game, Pacers whip Knicks to take 2-1 series lead | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Bob Kravitz: Now it's time for Pacers to get greedy | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
With J.R. ailing, Knicks go belly up - NYPOST.com
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Hall of Famer Magic Johnson advises Knicks' J.R. Smith to curb his partying ways - NY Daily News
Knicks go cold as Pacers win to take 2-1 series advantage - Newsday
Knicks Trail Early, Late and in Between in Loss to Pacers - NYTimes.com
Pacers: Hibbert rightfully enjoyed the spotlight at the podium after Game 3 victory | Pacers Insider
NBA playoff scores: Grizzlies, Pacers grind out wins at home - SBNation.com
Pacers 82, Knicks 71: "We're getting a beat down" - Posting and Toasting
Post-Game Grades: Pacers Win Ugly, Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Knicks | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
Roy Hibbert, Pacers hitting stride at perfect time - Yahoo! Sports
New York fails to stand up to Indiana’s defensive mettle, falls behind 2-1 in their series | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
How do the Knicks rebound from this? | ProBasketballTalk