The Indiana Pacers may be 7-6, but they are coming off of some pretty big victories lately. The big one was when the Pacers destroyed the Miami Heat, 93-77, led by the strong defensive performance and the solid offensive showing by Danny Granger and Brandon Rush. Granger put up 20 points, eleven rebounds, and six assists despite a pretty poor shooting percentage. Rush showed consistency and is continuing to improve and slowly becoming more and more of Granger’s sidekick that many hoped we would have seen last year.
Indiana now looks to go for their season-high’s longest win-streak of three games as they face the tough Oklahoma City Thunder, who hold a 10-5 record. The Pacers are recently coming off of a 100-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers a few days ago. The Thunder are coming off of a painful 111-103 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Indy looks to put up another strong defensive showing as they have limited the Heat and Cavs to a combined 40.7-percent of shooting. Indy has let their previous four opponents no higher than 90 points.
“I definitely have the sense something might be developing,” O’Brien told the Pacers’ official website. “This is a team that if they continue to progress the way they are progressing and stay as tied together as they are, I think this is a playoff basketball team.”
The Pacers are hoping to make their first playoff-appearance since the 2005-06 season. Being above .500 and having an estimated 44 wins for this season, according to John Hollinger, is a good sign right now. At 7-6, I’ll take it.
“Being above .500 means a lot,” star forward Danny Granger said. “But we must follow up with a win or it will not have the importance that we’d like for it to.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder may be good on the road, as they are currently 5-1 and on a four-game winning-streak, but have had a lot of troubles at Conseco Fieldhouse, as they have lost three straight games there. Last time these two met were in March when the Pacers destroyed them. I am hoping to see that again tonight.
Granger has played well against the Thunder, despite being guarded by Kevin Durant. He has been averaging 25 points per game against the Thunder in his last three home games against them. But Durant has also played well versus Indy, averaging 30 points per game for his career against the team.
I hope to see a win. AccuScore says the Pacers have a 60-percent chance of winning while OKC has a 40-percent chance.
Let’s go Pacers!