Saturday, May 25, 2013

All the ‘Pacers’ Aim to Protect Home Turf Sunday

This Sunday will be a big one for the sports scene in Indianapolis.  The Greatest Spectacle in Racing – The Indianapolis 500 – will drop the Green Flag late Sunday morning at IMS. On Sunday evening the Indiana Pacers, fresh off stealing home court advantage in South Beach, will host the Miami Heat for Game 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
                The hoop team got its name from the city’s racing history, so it’s fitting that #1 qualifier – THE Pacer – for Sunday’s race is a hometown boy.  Ed Carpenter will start from Pole Position and look for his first victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his 10th start.  Born and bred in Indy and a member of the family that owns the track, defending home turf and taking home the Checkered Flag would be the greatest achievement in Carpenter’s career.
                On the hardwood Sunday night, Paul George and the Indiana Pacers will look to do what they’ve done throughout the 2013 NBA Playoffs and notch another ‘W’ on their home court.  The Gold Gang has a 6-0 record at home during the post-season.  To keep it rolling, they’ll need great performances from their All-Stars Roy Hibbert and 3rd-Team All-NBAer Paul George.
                George (22 points, 6 assists, and 1 soul-crushing dunk on ‘Birdman’ Andersen in Game 2) provided the spark for the Pacers to wrestle home court advantage away from the defending champs while Hibbert (29 points, 10 rebounds, 90% FT) was the steady anchor for the Pacers’ defense.  Indiana looked in control from the start and weathered runs by James and Co. to tie the series at 1-1.
                But now, all the attention of the sporting world will turn to Naptown on Sunday.  If the Pacers can hold home court after an Ed Carpenter Indy 500 win, maybe the national media will realize Indy is where their attention should have been all along.

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