The Indiana Pacers picked up a much-needed win against the Orlando Magic on Monday night to even their seven-game series at one apiece. It was expected the Pacers would have their way with the Magic in their first round NBA Playoffs series, considering Orlando's missing Dwight Howard, but that obviously wasn't the case in the opening game.
It makes sense, then, that our friends over at Indy Cornrows didn't exactly act with elation when their team claimed the Game 2 victory. Instead, they look forward to the rest of the series:
It was hard to do anything but release a big sigh of relief as the clock hit 0:00 with the Pacers 93-78 winners. The unfortunate outcome of Game 1 needed to be completely behind Indiana, and with the way they won and did it convincingly, they appear to have done just that. Indiana will travel to Orlando to play Games 3 & 4 with the first of the two taking place Wednesday night. Indiana may not be in a must-win situation for Game 3, but they still need to take care of business and wrestle home court back from the Magic.
The recap at Indy Cornrows was quite in-depth, by the way, showing once again why SB Nation's collection of blogs is the best in the business. Honestly, where else can one read about jump ball differential?
In regards to length, quite possibly the biggest advantage to the Pacers has been in jump balls. It seems an extra-ordinate amount of jump balls have been whistled in this series, a testament to the hustle of both teams. The good news? The Pacers have come out winners of all but one jump ball in both games, which has helped Indiana to gain extra possessions or save current ones.