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New York Knicks fans watching their team's second-round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers are certainly liable to suffer from flashbacks to the 1990s, when the Knicks and Pacers met six times in the playoffs in an eight-year span, each winning three series.
But tonight, those watching from home will have an extra strong reminder of that intense rivalry, because they'll be hearing Reggie Miller's voice as one of the greatest villains in New York sports history returns to Madison Square Garden to provide color commentary during Game 2.
And as Newsday's Neil Best points out, it's all going down on the 18th anniversary of the night Reggie scored eight points in 8.9 seconds as the Pacers rallied past the Knicks in Game 1 of a second-round series that Indiana would end up winning in seven games.
It'll surely be strange for Knicks fans to watch this game knowing that Miller has a clear favorite. Those who aren't old enough to remember those battles from the 1990s don't realize how much that city hated Miller. There really is no modern-day comparison, unless LeBron James becomes an analyst in 15 years and calls a playoff game in Cleveland.
But Miller's been doing this for a long time now, and the names and faces have all changed.
"I'm blue and gold, but that's not going to stop me from calling a Pacers-Knicks game fairly and objectively," he told Best. "I call what I see in front of me . . . That's just what I get paid for."
Besides, it might be time for Knicks fans to drop the grudge. If John Starks can do it, anyone can. More from Best:
"Me and Reggie are cool," Starks said. "We are very friendly with one another. That was just stuff that we did on the court. It wasn't anything personal. He was trying to win, I was trying to win, by any means necessary."
Said Miller: "I would say we're cordial. Time heals all wounds. It's time to move on. I would say this: I respect John and I knew how much of a fierce competitor he was and is. He would run through a brick wall for his team, and I can't say that for a lot of guys in our league."
Miller's presence will certainly add some juice to tonight's matchup at MSG, but here's hoping his presence somehow helps reignite a rivalry that was once can't-miss TV.
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Spike Lee picked a perfect day to videobomb Reggie Miller. On the 18th anniversary of Reggie Miller famously scoring 8 points in 9 seconds against the Knicks, Spike finally got a little payback. Check out the playful videobomb that Spike hit Reggie with. Here is the famous finish in 1995. [Bleacher Report] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Director (and famous New York Knicks fan) Spike Lee dropped a nice videobomb on TNT NBA analyst (and former Indiana Pacers star) Reggie Miller at Madison Square Garden before Tuesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoff game between the Knicks and Pacers.
GIF via @BleacherReport. H/T NIS.
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The Pacers may not have had Winning Time Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, but they still had Reggie Miller.
Miller, now an analyst for TNT, was back to torment New York one more time Tuesday — on the 18th anniversary of the night he scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to beat the Knicks in the playoffs, no less. With Miller wearing a headset instead of outplaying John Starks...
Last night was the 18th anniversary of Reggie Miller’s infamous “8 points in 9 seconds” and he happened to be on hand at the scene of the crime calling the Knicks/Pacers game two.
As the game got to its blowout stages, Knicks fans decided to showering their former archnemises with chants of “Reggie Sucks…Reggie Sucks”:
Stay Classy, Knicks Fans!
Knicks Fans chant...
Derrick Rose is wondering how he did that, only bad thing about the Dunk is Reggie Miller doing the commentary.
Tuesday night was the anniversary of a fourth quarter that Knicks fans will never forget. It was the anniversary of a spectacular finish by former Pacers guard Reggie Miller in the 1994-95 NBA playoffs, when Miller scored 8 points in 8.9 seconds in a comeback win over the Knicks. The Pacers went on to win the best-of-seven series in seven games.
The event ignited a decades-long feud...
Tuesday is the 18th anniversary of Reggie Miller’s 8 points in 9 seconds game – Reggie Miller is calling Game 2 of the Indiana Pacers – New York Knicks Eastern Conference semifinals matchup – Spike Lee – notorious Knicks’ fan – videobombs Miller on camera. Spike had his own version of justice on this day. [...]The post Spike Lee Videobombs Reggie Miller (GIF) appeared...
On the night in which Reggie Miller made his return to Madison Square Garden to do Game 2 of the Pacers-Knicks series for TNT, we were given one more classic moment involving Miller and Spike Lee -- even though Reggie had no knowledge of his involvement in said moment.
On the 18th anniversary of Miller scoring eight points in less than nine seconds to lead Indiana over New...
Eighteen years later, the Pacers could have used Reggie Miller.
The guy who broke Knicks fans' hearts so many times was back in Madison Square Garden again Tuesday night, exactly 18 years after his most memorable performance . But he was working as a TNT analyst, not as a cold-blooded sharpshooter, for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
So this time there was nothing...
It’s a relationship that dates back almost twenty years, and first started when Reggie Miller scored 8 points in the final 18.7 seconds with the Pacers downing the Knicks and Spike Lee during Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals at Madison Square Garden. With Reggie reporting for TNT Tuesday night, Spike got a little payback in his Orange and Blue Knicks outfit.
This videobomb by New York Knicks super fan Spike Lee is particularly creepy, considering his past with the victim Reggie Miller. Miller had a rather eventful night it wold seem as he was also taunted by the fans at Madison Square Garden.
Check out the videobomb here:
H/T to the Basketball Jones for the video.
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Spike Lee videobombs Reggie Miller, who was in New York as part of the Knicks-Pacers Game 2 broadcast crew.