August 24, 2009
I'm kicking myself for not getting you this info sooner, but perhaps there's someone you can call at home to set the DVR. Or you know what? Forget that. Everyone just leave their address in the comments below and I'll swing by and record 'em myself. You're cool with me deleting last night's craptastic episode of "True Blood," right? You still leave the keys under the flowerpot?
In honor of Reggie Miller's 44th birthday, NBA TV is opening the video vault to air No. 31's greatest hits. In all, eight games will be rebroadcast today — from Miller's first NBA contest in 1987 to the double-overtime Game 5 loss to the Nets in 2002 — as well as a 30-minute show in which Reggie goes one-on-one with Marv Albert, reliving many of the game memories.
We've already missed out on some of the morning goods, but I'm told the marathon sequence will start up again later tonight. Here is the tentatively scheduled lineup, via Indy Cornrows. Enjoy the show!
5:30 a.m. — Marv Albert Show: Features former Pacers legend Reggie Miller as a guest on Albert's one-on-one interview show.
6 a.m. — Indiana at Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1987: Rookie Reggie Miller came off the bench to score 10 points in 26 minutes in his NBA debut against the 76ers. Miller also drains the first 3-pointer of his record-setting career. You also get to relive the days of Scott Skiles, Steve Stipanovic, John Long and Chuck Person in classic Pacers uniforms.
8 a.m. — Indiana at New York, Game 5, June 1, 1994: This is the classic Reggie Miller 25-point fourth-quarter blasting of the Knicks that also showcases Spike Lee choking on the sidelines. Just don't let your kids read Reggie's lips.
(Ed. note: I remember watching this game with friends from a hotel room in Montreal, Quebec. I think we were on a class trip or something. This game is a personal favorite.)
10 a.m. — Indiana at New York, Game 1, May 7, 1995: Watch NBA analyst Bill Walton eat his own words as he leaves the Pacers for dead just moments before Reggie resurrects the Pacers' playoff hopes in under 10 seconds.
Noon — Indiana at New York, Game 7, May 21, 1995: Ding, dong the witch is dead! The Pacers get ready to pack their bags for Disney World as they finally overcome the Knicks in a playoff series after Patrick Ewing's potential game-tying layup missed the mark as time expired.
2 p.m. — Orlando at Indiana, Game 4, May 29, 1995: There were four "game-winning" shots in the final 13 seconds, but only one of them did the deed as Rik Smits had his day in the spotlight after faking the crap out of Tree Rollins to hit the buzzer-beating jumper.
4 p.m. — Chicago at Indiana, Game 4, May 25, 1998: Reggie does his dance, while coach Larry Bird looks as cold as ice, after Miller "shakes" free from Michael Jordan to hit the game-winner.
6 p.m. — Milwaukee at Indiana, Game 5, May 4, 2000: Reggie drops 41 points in the deciding Game 5 to keep the Pacers' road to the Finals alive after an early scare from the Bucks.
8 p.m. — Indiana at New Jersey, Game 5, May 2, 2002: The Pacers wind up losing in double-overtime but Reggie tries to save the day with an out-of-this world 3-pointer in regulation and dunk on the entire Nets squad in the first OT.