That’s the bar that Lance Stephenson has set for the start of this season, win the first ten games of the season. He’s never been one to shy away from confidence, and this type of challenge is just up Stephenson’s alley. I want to believe that the Pacers can do that, but it won’t be the easiest task this season. Especially when you look at the first ten games of the season, and you see two dates with the Chicago Bulls there right away. Also, next week features back to back games only a day apart. If the Pacers do reach that mark, it would only need three more wins to best their longest winning streak as a franchise. How does a 13-0 start to the season start? Makes you think back to that 2005 series before the brawl in Detroit.
But getting through the next few games is going to be tough enough as the Pacers will go against some Central Division foes in Cleveland and Detroit. Two teams that look to be much better, and two teams that are looking to fight for a playoff spot. You have the Cleveland Cavaliers coming to town with their talented point guard in Kyrie Iriving. He does enough on his own to beat a team, so the Pacers will have to be on their toes to step up and slow down him. Then the game in Detroit with a young talented team could be more than the Pacers are ready to handle, if Detroit is serious about winning.
Coming back to town on Wednesday November 6th, the Pacers will get their first crack at Chicago, one that will be featured on ESPN. I believe that would have to be one of the earliest dates for the Pacers to be featured on television. It will be a fine time for Indy to show our colors as fans, and show what kind of team this Pacers one is going to be. I think that’s the one fans have circled, highlighted, sharpied, colored, whatever else you do with dates as I do think that’s going to be one great game to watch. And with it being a nationally televised game, even better.
This type of challenge is good for a Pacers team with such high expectations for a season. I’ve already stated, Conference Finals or bust for this team. If they don’t get to those Eastern Conference Finals, I am not sure how successful you can call this season. Sure, getting 55 wins is great, and another division title. But it’s all about the playoffs, and what you do there. This is a team that fans believe in, and even some experts believe in. Time to prove all those supporters right. Ten wins in a row? Sure, the Pacers can do it.