Analyst says negative fan reaction good for Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Pacers problems were the talk of the town in Indianapolis Tuesday following the team’s slump from the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

The team dropped to second after a 103-77 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Monday night.

The “Grady & Big Joe” sports talk show on 1070 The Fan spent its entire two-hour broadcast on the topic. The conversation came easily, co-host and Pacers PA announcer Michael Grady said. According to him, even negative reaction from fans can be beneficial from the overall fan base perspective.

“That lets you know that people are back completely on the bandwagon. If we didn’t get any tweets, if we didn’t get any emails, if we didn’t get any phone calls that’s a sign that folks are looking the other way. [Fans] are really invested in this team and they want to see them do something special,” Grady said.

Despite the somewhat sinking season, fans could be found offering encouragement.

“After the Heat game, you know it’s a good team and it’s the same team. Sometimes you go through ebb and flows and ups and downs but I think we’re going to get it back,” fan Mallary Pittman said.

Mike Bowman of Indianapolis broke away from talk of the Pacers at work to comment on the topic during his lunch break downtown.

“They’ve got the talent; it’s just making it all work. We know they can do it, just got to prove it again,” Bowman said.

The Pacers played next at home against the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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