The Indiana Pacers have always been one of the most successful teams in the Eastern Conference, but they often seem to have a bit of difficulty reaching the NBA Finals, particularly when the Eastern Finals extend to a deciding Game 7. On Monday night, the Miami Heat dropped the Pacers with a score of 99-76 to advance to the 2013 Finals. And just yesterday, Sneaker Report highlighted Shaq’s dominance in the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals as he overpowered Indiana in Game 7.
Unfortunately for the Pacers, the Game 7 curse doesn’t end there. In 1994, Indiana once again found themselves in the Eastern Conference Finals, matched against the New York Knicks. After a grueling series, it came down to a deciding game in Madison Square Garden. New York center Patrick Ewing had an explosive performance as he scored 24 points, grabbed a whopping 22 rebounds, dished 7 assists, and blocked five shots. Ewing’s big numbers across the board helped NY rally to a 94-90 victory and advance to the 1994 NBA Finals. There, they met the Houston Rockets, who were able to overcome the Knicks en route to the NBA Championship.
Patrick Ewing had some of the most memorable signature sneakers of his time, and in the 1994 postseason he wore the Ewing Image. This high-top model was constructed with a Huarache-like bootie and ventilation throughout the sole. Ewing Athletics returned in 2012 and although there’s no official word on the Image model, the Ewing Focus is set for a release later this year.