Pacers take on Knicks for Game Four
Hall-of-Famer Reggie Miller will call the game for TNT. The Pacers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals 2-1 against the team Miller aggravated so often throughout his career with the Pacers. Reggie has hinted he might want to leave the broadcast chair for a front office job in the NBA.
Pacers Team President Donnie Walsh tells Eyewitness News Anchor Scott Swan it could happen.
"I don't know if Reggie would like to do it. All he's got to do is let us know. I think he'd be a great guy to bring in and talk to," Walsh said, speaking at a noontime rally outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Walsh brings unique perspective to the series since he's been the architect for the Pacers during the Reggie days and then moving to New York to rebuild the Knicks with Carmelo Anthony. This is Walsh's second year back with the Pacers.
"I think it's great both franchises are back to the moment we had ten, fifteen years ago and to create this kind of excitement that happens when we get together. I know that was my goal for the Knicks when I went there and it's always my goal for the Pacers now that I'm back here. We're at that time when every game means something. It's a big game no matter what game in the series it is and both teams want to win it," Walsh said.
Knicks super fan Spike Lee won't be at Game 4 tonight. The game is not sold out and Walsh says those who don't come may regret it.
"I would say the people who aren't going to be here tonight are going to miss something that they're won't be able to experience in Indianapolis every year in any sports because it's a big moment for the city, a big moment for the franchise. I hope it will be filled. I was absolutely gratified by the crowd we had the other night. I looked up and I don't think there were any Knick fans except for maybe Spike. They were all gold people. Everywhere I looked there were Pacer fans," said Walsh.
Pacers Coach Frank Vogel says his team is sticking to the plan as they head in to Game 4.
"We have a belief in the plan of how to beat the New York Knicks. We feel that as each game goes by, that plan strengthens. We've just been drilling the details of how to beat the Knicks and just making sure not to get complacent. Home court advantage is something you have to keep in the playoffs and after winning in New York we have it now. So, this is a huge game for us," he said.
If the Pacers win, they'll take a 3-1 lead in the series. They'll also secure home court advantage.
"It's a huge step," Vogel said. It's very important to keep the home court advantage. Whatever happens in tonight's game is not going to mean the difference in the series, but it could. We've got to keep our heads after a good win in Game 3 and come out and get Game 4."
One of the biggest keys to the series so far has been Roy Hibbert's play on the offensive end. He poured in 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in Game 3.
"This is the Roy Hibbert who made the All-Star Team last year," Vogel said. "Even though he had a rough start at the beginning of this year, we always knew his confidence would come back and his offensive game would come around. He's hitting his stride at the right time."
Game 4 tip-off is at 7PM. Game 5 is Thursday night in New York. Watch Eyewitness Sports' Dave Calabro and Eric Yutzy tonight at 11pm for game highlights and post-game reaction from the players.