Nov 5, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) drives to the hole against Detroit Pistons small forward Kyle Singler (25) during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pacers beat the Pistons 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Weekly Preview

This week presents an interesting batch of games. The Pacers will open up tonight with a game at home against divisional foe, Detroit Pistons. I think this one could be a bit closer than fans would like, but the Pacers should get the win by doing just enough. Paul George can bounce back from a rough game Friday night as I don’t believe the Pistons will have an answer for him.

Then, Wednesday and Friday, the Pacers will be featured on ESPN. Games against the Miami Heat in Miami and back home in Indy against the Houston Rockets. This is where I feel like the Pacers could drop one. That game in Miami is the one that scares me a bit, especially with the way the Pacers and Heat just played a game last Tuesday night. Lebron James could go off for some big points in this one, and the Pacers will have to be on their toes to make sure they steal one down in Miami.

The Rockets game to me is a great measuring stick for Roy Hibbert to see where his game is in relation to Dwight Howard. I think offensively Hibbert can be right there with Howard, even if Howard scores a bit more. Defensively, both guys are such protectors at the rim, they could end up cancelling each other out. But both guys should bring their A game in a battle of big men. I’m looking forward to this one.

Come Sunday, the Pacers get a visit from former Butler coach Brad Stevens in Indy. I expect he’ll get a hearty ovation from the crowd, but once the game hits, it should be all Pacers. I can see the team finishing this week 3-1 or 2-2,if they drop the middle two games. But overall, the Pacers would do well to get that win in Miami and continue padding the lead in the Conference over the Heat. Division wise, the Pacers could lose a game or two and still have some padding there. But the conference race is where things could tighten up if the Pacers were to lose a couple of games.

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  • Hamilcar Crosby

    Hey Buddy , How about that Pacer Pistons Game ? We talked this pass summer about the Pistons and how they made bad moves, well at least that’s what you thought. So what do you think now ? We should be on you guys radar now.LoL Just having fun, my boys still have alot to do to get to the level they’re suppose to be at. But I’m happy with the Pistons win. Like I said earlier give us a couple of years, I’m hoping we get another championship this decade cause that would be 4 decades getting a ship. You guys might get your first this year if you keep playing the way you are. But remember, The Pistons might sneek up on you.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      Thank you for calling me out. Just remember this season series is still 1-1 and the Pacers are still ahead in the division by 9 games. But your Pistons have caught my attention. They out “pacered” the Pacers last night with some physical play. If a team gives up 20 offensive rebounds, they’re lucky to still be in the game. Plus, I thought Paul George would have a better handle on Josh Smith. Things will even out okay for both teams. I do think this division could be something over the next few years if the Bulls get Derrick Rose even close to where he was. If the Cavs get going in the right direction. The Pistons look to be on the edge of becoming even better than years’ past. Just need the Bucks to sort themselves out. Your Pistons might be able to get into this year’s playoffs based upon a bad Eastern Conference and get a higher seed than anticipated. But the road to the Finals should go through Indy, and that’s all that ultimately matters.

  • Hamilcar Crosby

    It’s funny you say we”‘ll only win because the east is weak, but we beat you at home and the Miami heat at home. Against teams that’s been together for awhile.This team is just 26 games into the season, just wait and see before making bold claims about going through Indy. I don’t believe the hype about the east being weak. There’s a lot of teams that got new coaches and players in the east. So there’s more chemistry issues than in the west. We’ll talk in February.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      Even if teams get better, the West is still the better conference. Just look at teams one through eight, and you can see how much better they are. I understand the Pistons could end up a much better team. But even as a Pacers fan and Eastern Conference fan, I know the West will be stronger.

  • Hamilcar Crosby

    Sorry Bro. I didn’t mention anything about the west. I’m talking about the east. Its too early to claim anything right now. Heck, we nearly beat the Blazers twice and we’re still putting the chemistry together. Another example is the Bobcat are no slouch either. Believe it or not teams in the east are playing better defense in the east. Offence may not be that great yet. Also the Bobcat almost beat you guys so that should let you know the east isn’t that bad. The dust will settle on who’s real or not by the end of February. This. Includes the piston and pacers even the heat has to prove themselves. Nothing is guaranteed in the nav. You know that from the 90s and 2000s pacer teams. Right now I only see you guys and the heat that seem to be who they are right now. The other teams in the east are still learning systems and gelling. What gives you and the heat the advantage is being battle tested . And that can be an illusion at times .The going to work Piston thought being battle tested was an advantage. …. Not! Im just saying. Anything can happen.

    Take care Stephen

    • Stephen Ajamie

      I do appreciate the great conversation and the fact that we can do this in a civil manner. I’ll just have to respect your opinion, and I believe you respect mine. I hope you’ll continue to give us a read as I do try to provide plenty of insight into the world of the Pacers, but also a look around the NBA from time to time. I’ll look forward to see your Pistons in action again. Congrats on the big win, and maybe good things are headed their way.