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Miller: 'I'll be a little hurt' if I don't hear 'Reggie sucks' at MSG

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Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller isn't expecting a warm welcome from the crowd at Madison Square Garden for Game 2 of his former team's second-round playoff series against the New York Knicks.

Miller, who'll be calling the matchup for TNT, told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday that he'll be both surprised and upset if Knicks fans don't bust out a "Reggie sucks" chant during the game.

"I'm sure I'll hear the chants, I'm sure I'll hear all those naughty words," Miller said. "I'm good with that, but I'm there to do a job, to call a game. I think this will be a fantastic series. ... I will be surprised during the game if I don't hear, 'Reggie sucks.' Actually, I'll be a little hurt if I don't hear, 'Reggie sucks.' I kind of want that."

Miller went on to issue a warning to Knicks fans: "Just know, the boogeyman is coming back to town to call a game."

Game 2 of the Pacers-Knicks series will take place Wednesday, one day after the 29th anniversary of Miller's "8 points, 9 seconds" game during the 1995 playoffs. Miller famously scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to lead the Pacers to a victory over the Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Knicks took a 1-0 series lead over the Pacers on Monday night, defeating Indiana 121-117.

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