The Indiana Pacers roll into Game 2 with a chance to take home absolute control of the series but they will be facing a desperate New York Knicks team with motivation in a variety of forms from their rabid home fans.
As tempted as I am to say the Pacers are playing with house money in this one after taking Game 1 in impressive fashion, they have to seize the moment and that moment could be pretty special with Reggie Miller calling the game and sitting mere feet away from some of his greatest playoff moments in the Garden.
Plenty of things went the Pacers way in Game 1 which will be hard to count on, again. Most importantly, how the referees decide the game will be called. Seems as though early foul trouble for Roy Hibbert is a given and how the Pacers can handle a game that may be called in a different fashion will determine their chances of swiping another W before returning home.
Combine that with continuing to take care of the ball, score the ball at an efficient clip and make things tough on the NYK perimeter shooters and you have some major factors that went the Pacers way in Game 1 and will be a challenge to repeat on the road.
But the Pacers are wearing their banana suits, so...
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