Well this was my first game of the year, the last time I got to see Reggie, and well, it wasn't how I would have liked to see it end.
I went with my cousin to the game, we got upper level seats. I tried to take pictures, but they probably aren't very good. I will take a look at them and see if they are worth posting.
First of all, I have to say that I LOVE being in an opposing team's arena. There is nothing like the sound of your own "Boom baby" amid the silence of the entire arena. It was so malicious and fun. The fans there are very nice, and they of course gave me a hard time, but only in fun. They made quite a few Artest comments, and of course, when Reggie got the boot, I got quite a bit of old man comments (and I was wearing my Reggie jersey as well). But they were quite nice.
Second, I want to mention that this coaching staff, no matter who it is that is coaching, is superb. Seriously, can you imagine our team playing .500 ball without arguably our three best players, and Reggie and Carlisle gone as well? Quite AMAZING if you ask me. To almost win the game is a testament to this organization, and I am PROUD, PROUD to be a Pacers fan. I bleed Blue and Gold, baby.
The game itself was rather disappointing. The Pacers did not really seem to show any enthusiasm for the game, and really I think that was in part due to yesterday's Detroit fiasco. It is unfortunate they had to have a game the next day, but oh well. They just did not have energy, and the fact that they kept it close is quite amazing.
We made a late push and that was nice to see. Unfortunetly our demise came in the beginning of the game, where we just had no answer to Curry, and honestly surprised me. Even Dale was ineffective against him. I was impressed with the way that he has improved. Of course, I would like to see him do that against Jermaine. Next year....
I was so incredibly pissed when Reggie got ejected. It was kind of shocking, and it was kind of cool for a moment, but it just really upset me more that I wouldn't be able to see him play. I wouldn't mind him getting tossed in some other game, but it had to be this last game. I think I'm going to have to take the trek home for the philly game on the 15th. Hopefully I can go see him again. I would have LOVED to see him stick it to Chicago one last time, and shut those people behind me up, but alas, it was not to be.
Lets see, individual performances...
The best player out there was definitely my man Freddy. I cannot say how much I love watching this guy play. He, like many others, has a knack for hitting the timely shots. He just has ice veins. His shot has improved so much, you gotta wonder how much better he can be next year when Reggie is gone. I really cannot wait. Not to mention he did a great job against Gordon on the defensive end. He really wasn't a factor. Honestly, no one on the Bulls were except for Curry in the first. They played a great team game.
Foul trouble hurt us with our bigs, and that was unfortunate. Dale and Jeff both got lots of fouls, which like I said surprised me. They played well in the fourth though.
Jackson was very disappointing in the first half, but played better in the second. He didn't really look comfortable out there though. No one did really in the beginning of the game. There were so many bad passes, I wanted to pull my hair out.
Croshere was effective, scored some points when we needed it. Pollard was fun to watch, he played solid.
I will say this as a final remark: We aren't winning anything unless we get Jamaal and Jermaine back. Seriously, this team will win maybe 1 game in the first round without either. And how effective they would be worries me as well, since they have been sitting for so long. Especially Jamaal. Sigh...