I've been a Pacers fan all of my life. I've seen big wins & I've seen big losses. I've seen some of our teams overachieve & I've seen others underachieve. I've been on my feet cheering Reggie's three's & I've yelled for a Dale dunk.
But I'll be d@mned if I can think of a much better more inspiring game than last night.
Usually I would give a good, bad & ugly on a game review.
But last night get's none of that.
It was all good. Sure some things could have gone better & I wish Croshere would have grabbed some more boards or that Jackson might have shot a little better.
But this was a rag tag team that was thrown together out there & the system won.
Even though Big Z tore it up I thought Pollard fought like a warrior.
Even though Croshere didn't rebound worth a d@mn I thought he was as clutch as any player we've seen on the floor. Two big three's & a huge steal at the end of the game.
Ron Artest played a great great great game. I won't lie & tell you I wasn't worried that he would throw up 35 shots or some such crap. But IMO, he only forced maybe one shot all night long. His defense on King James was stifiling as usual. Fans of Artest can be very proud of him last night.
Jamaal Tinsley was out of his mind good. I've seen him play a better game when he was a rookie but I don't think I've ever seen him play a more complete game.
Jon Bender was a force in a very short time.
Fred Jones was solid & IMO, showed he deseres a spot in the rotation.
Even Gill was like a deadeye sniper from the floor.
I guess if you have to find one cloud in the sky it was probably that Harrison definately was out of shape & will not be a real contributer any time soon. But even that can be forgiven because his training camp & pre-season was cut short.
That was a great game. 11/3/04 will go down as one hell of a great day for me.