Let me FIRST start off this post with a genuine THANK YOU to RobfromPacers for giving me the opportunity to have won the 2 tickets to tonights game vs. the Knicks ..
With that out of the way , I had a GREAT experience attending my first NBA game. Even though I had balcony seats (sect. 226), I still had a nice view of the action.. As a few posters on here have said in the past, "there isn't a bad seat in Conseco Fieldhouse".. and I can officially say I agree..
Now onto the game itself..
Everyone (with the exception of Rush) played great tonight as a team.
I would have liked to seen around 10 more points from our bench (starters 100.. bench 19) , but our starters kicked a$$ and took names..
Even though P.G. only had 5 pts , 4reb, George had active hands. and was very pesky on defense while getting 3 steals and closing the game with a +18..
Tyler was just exciting as hell watching play, I had a good time cheering and rooting for him tonight..
In my humble opinion , Hans embodies EVERYTHING that IS , Indiana basketball..
He is an exciting young player whom we are DAMN lucky to have picked in the 13th spot.. I think time will tell, that he will be considered , one of, the top picks from that draft class..
Judging from the almost 14,000 fans at the Fieldhouse tonight, I would say Tyler is a major major fan favorite.. EVERYONE was going nuts cheering for him..
I think Dahntay played perfectly in his role, and had me jumping out of my seat with a few plays he made.. Good little game from him defensively , and offensively at a few KEY moments in the game where we needed a spark.
DC played very good tonight.. 24 pts 9 assists .. Ya, he had 4 silly turnovers, but it seems to me that 90% of them come from doing something like not paying attention , and/or bouncing the ball off his foot.. Basically turnovers that you would literally EXPECT a rookie/2nd yr player (finally getting starters minutes) to have while going through growing pains learning the NBA game.. I am happy to have witnessed DC come out of his funk. Let us hope he stays consistant..
Hibbert ... I really enjoyed getting to see the big fella play in person.. He had a pretty damn good game as well. I would like to see him consistantly put up 15 and 9 with the occasional 20+ pt and 10+ reb game .. I don't think that will be at all , an unreasonable expectation out Roy .. He was huge for us defensively and during key moments of the game.. I loved seeing his confidence out on the floor tonight watching him get pumped up..
Danny , Glad to see him back to playing the way he is supposed to ..the way we all know he can play .. Nice game from DG . Especially liked the oop pass to JMac he made .. I really didn't expect that out of him..And the CLUTCH game winning shot .. made me giddy as hell jumpin out my seat at Conseco yelling at the top of my lungs "HELL YEAAAAHHH!!!" while pumping my fist in the air ..
I know I left out some of the guys , but my fingers are getting tired in this long winded post.. lmao .. so that's all I will write for the moment in this post ..
I am so glad I got to see our guys pull out a 2nd WIN against the Knicks , on back to back games against them.. It was nice seeing how good this team of ours can be.. It is good to be a Pacers fan ..
I have a theory .. I think that the 6 game losing streak where the wheels seemed to fall off, was something that every good ,talented young team has to go through in order to grow and take things to that next level..
Also , amidst the horrible losses with us hitting rock bottom I also think that with the fighting amongst ourselves in the locker-room was absolutely needed in developing a bond amongst the team..
Thank you Indiana Pacers , for playing your hearts out , giving your fans one hell of a game and myself a very enjoyable experience tonight...