As sports fans around central Indiana tuned into 1070 The Fan late Saturday night, the dial was turned up a few notches when one of the newest Pacers fans hit the airwaves.
Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano called into Pacers Overtime hosted by Eddie White to share his thoughts on what he just witnessed inside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“There’s absolutely no quit in them and they fight their tails off,” Pagano said of the Pacers Game Six victory to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 3-3.
“They answer the bell every time Miami shows up and starts to make a run. They play great defense and that’s a credit to Frank (Vogel) and those players and what they stand for.”
Pagano was one of numerous Colts coaches and players that took in the Pacers 91-77 victory to force a winner-take-all Game Seven tonight to decide the Eastern Conference.
After a season in which the Colts silenced critics with an 11-win campaign and a berth into the playoffs, the Pacers are following suit.
NBA analysts around the league made the Miami Heat the popular pick in five or six games this series but now it’s the Pacers who are 48 minutes away from advancing to the NBA Finals.
“I think it speaks volumes about this state, this city, these fans, the men and women—it’s blue collar all the way,” Pagano said of the Pacers’ style of play.
“It’s go out, put a hard days work in, play together as a team, fight your tails off and don’t let the pundits seal your fate.”
With All-Star forward Danny Granger playing just five games this season, the Pacers have relied on others to emerge and now they have a chance to dethrone the defending NBA Champions.
“I think that’s the same thing Frank has instilled in his team and those players, they play together,” Pagano said. “They play together as a team and I have a feeling they are going to go down there and get this thing done (tonight).”
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