I had some unbelievable seats for this game, 5th row section 15. Let me say that Hansbrough was the only reason I didn't leave after the second half. Hansbrough and Head were the only players that decided to actually try to win this game, everybody else was going through the motions.
I was with my father who has not watched the Pacers at all this year, however he used to coach high school basketball and knows a thing or two about the game. Here are some quotes from my father, again..someone who has not followed this team AT ALL.
"Can Dunleavy jump."
"When did Troy Murphy get 19 points!"
"Hansbrough sure doesn't look like a rookie"
"Who drafted Brandon Rush:
"Ford can score the ball"
"Roy has a nice touch, is he injured? He should play more."
To me it was very interesting to watch the game with someone who was completely uneducated on this Pacers team. We both had a blast watching Hansbrough play. I kept screaming "Hansbrough is too much for the Hawks." He really was, not only could Josh Smith not even come close to guarding Hansbrough, Hans was the only guy who even remotely came close to altering any of Horfords shot attempts.
TJ Ford off the bench is a no brainer and it needs to stay that way, regardless.
Bottom line is Hawks are a much better team than us, I am just glad Hansbrough made the game worth the price of admission.