Game #25 Preview: They Gotta Win This One

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Cleveland Cavaliers @ Indiana Pacers
Friday, December 17, 2010
7:00 pm EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana

This is a great barometer game. The Pacers have been getting smacked around lately and while losing to teams like the Lakers, Bulls and Hawks is forgivable, the way they have lost has been concerning. They have not been competitive of late and the team’s two best players, Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert, have played badly. Not badly for them — badly for anyone.

Tonight, they face the Cavaliers of Cleveland, which are arguably the worst team in the NBA. A few other teams have one or two more losses than the Cavs, but when it comes to combining both offensive and defensive futility, they are elite. They also have the worst point differential in league and have lost 9 straight after a surprising — and completely hollow — 7-9 start.

The Pacers are a step above this team. If they can’t get it together to beat Cleveland, at home and after a stretch that should have them salivating for a victory, there really might be some problems with this team. Again, Indy is much, much better than Cleveland, but if this LeBron-less roster can show up to Conseco and win, the Pacers 9-7 start through November might end up being similar to the 7-9 mirage that the Cavs posted to begin the year.

Pacers vs Cavs By the Numbers

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