From the Boston paper.
"The crowd of 16,605 at Conseco Fieldhouse was about 2,000 short of a sellout. The Pacers don't expect a sellout for Game 2 Tuesday night, either. "I thought [the crowd] would be a lot better, and a lot more rowdy," said Chucky Atkins"
Every time I hear Reb Porter or DJ Paul B talk about the loudest 6th man or N.B.A.'s rowdiest fans I keep wondering if somehow I've been transported to Arco Arena, because I know they are not talking about us.
The attendance may have been announced at 16,605 but I can assure you that a lot of that was scalper tix. The seats to the right of mine are generally scalper seats all season long & all four of them were empty yesterday. The upper deck on the opponets side was an embarrasement.
61 wins, Defensive player of the year, legitimate M.V.P. candidate, legitmate 6th man candidate, dunk champion & we can't even sell out our first game of the playoffs.
It's sickening really.
BTW, the D J Paul B thing has gotten really old really fast. (sorry just had to add that)
I'm sure as the playoffs go on the crowd will get bigger. But really, what does that say. The fans will only support the team if we are winning it all?
I've said it before & I'll say it again. I just don't think the fans of this area have taken to this team yet. Maybe some playoff wins is what it takes but I honestly thought that some Pacer fans were a little better than that.
We've had several first round series not sell out before but, IMO, not as bad as this since about the 93 season.
Now to the game.
I thought Al Harrington was brilliant yesterday. He played both sides of the floor & whenever I look up & see him have as many rebounds as points I get happy. That block he put on Mark Blount, IMO, was the game breaker. Which is funny cause how often do you have a game breaker in the second quarter? I thought he played as good as anybody on the floor.
Conversely I thought Jamaal Tinsely played horrid. This actually gives me hope because I don't think he will continue to play that bad during the series. But his defense was non-existant. He didn't make any T.O.'s but then again he didn't really run the half-court offense that well either IMO. He'll be back & better in game two.
I'm glad I'm not the coach. Seriously how do you go to a player like Austin Croshere & tell him, thanks for your hard work & dedication but even though you've busted your @ss all season long I'm going to go with a player who hasn't suited up for 30 games & hasn't really proven anything? The only blemish of the day, IMO. Austin deserves better than this. I know a shorter rotation for the playoffs is usually standard & even if that is the case how do you do that to Croshere. Oh well, still a good win.
BTW, can anybody see Mark Blount in a Pacers uniform? Man what a backup center he would be.
Fred Jones had a great run during the second on offense. Fred Jones had a better run in the fourth on defense. There was a time Fred switched with Ron on Paul Pierce & the defense didn't drop a lick. That is saying something cause Ron was putting it to Paul all day long. The lineup of Fred & Ron together on the floor has got to cause headaches for opponets on the perimeter.
Again great game, poor attendance & great weather. Made for a good Saturday.