Fans of the Indiana Pacers have been waiting for their two front court players to step up and play ball the way they’re supposed to. Especially, against a team like the Atlanta Hawks, where they have a distinct advantage. Well, at least Pacer fans were able to see one of their front court duo finally come out of his slump and help the Pacers stay alive against the Atlanta Hawks, while the other continues to be a mystery to say the least.
David West, played like it was an elimination game, by scoring 24 points, snagging 11 boards and dishing out 6 assists.
Meanwhile, his front court mate, Roy Hibbert, had his usual blah performance that we’ve come to expect from him these last couple months of the season. Hibbert, went for no points, 2 boards, and 1 block. He did have that blocked shot and 4 fouls, which means he was at least awake during his 12 minutes of play.
West’s resurgence was particularly important last night, after Paul George, who also scored 24 points, was forced to the bench with 4 fouls mid way through the 3rd quarter. After, trailing all night up to that point, the Hawks went on a run and led by as many as seven.
However, it was West, a timely 3 pointer by George, and strong defense off the bench by Ian Mahinmi that put the Pacers ahead to stay. Lance Stephenson chipped in 21 points, but was pretty much a non-factor down the stretch due to foul trouble and arguing with the refs.
The win forces Game 7 in Indiana on Saturday afternoon. The home team has won only two games in this series. That’s not a good stat if you’re a Pacer fan. That coupled with the amazing unpredictability Indy has shown lately, has to make their fans cringe. It’s just difficult for me seeing Atlanta winning Game 7 on the Pacers home floor. However, these playoffs have been full of surprises. I’m sure there’s room enough for a few more….