That’s something that most Knicks fans probably don’t want to hear right now, but without any solid indication otherwise, it is a realistic possibility.
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During a two month slump that has caused the league, media, fans and Pacers themselves to question their capability, Sunday’s 102-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder should help them sleep easy.
At least for a night.
With the win, the Pacers positioned themselves to successfully claim home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Despite Friday’s crucial loss at Miami, because the Heat slipped up against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, the Pacers control their own destiny.
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It has been a long, strenuous, and often confusing journey for these two teams, but it will all come full circle tonight in Miami.
There were big shots and highlight plays made all night by NBA level talent. The game could have gone either way until UCONN wrapped things up with just under two minutes to play. The presentation, broadcast and atmosphere were A-plus.
Shabazz Nappier and Ryan Boatright were phenomenal.
Kentucky’s heralded freshman class flashed NBA talent. Especially James young.
It was the second fantastic title game in a row.
At times they’ve looked like a playoff caliber team, and other times they’ve looked like one of the most poor and dysfunctional teams in the league.
The rides destination from the start was always the playoffs, and that ride all but came to an end with Saturday nights overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats — the surprise playoff team of the Eastern Conference — but for some strange reason nobody has gotten off of the roller coaster yet.