Dec 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) reacts during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 97-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Focus on Bigger Task

I know people were feeling miffed about the Indiana Pacers not being featured on Christmas Day.  Sure, it would have been great to see our Blue and Gold in one of the marquee games on that day.  I’ll also state that anymore with five or six games being on that day, is it a big deal like it used to be?  Before, you could watch one or two big marquee games on Christmas Day.  Now with eight or ten teams featured, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.

Plus, like people say you don’t win a banner for finishing the regular season strong, you don’t get a trophy for winning on Christmas Day.  It’s just one of those things that might seem like it’s a great thing, but this Pacers team truly has their sights on other things.  Like a division title and first place in the Conference, which they feel could be that difference to get them back to the NBA Finals after plenty of years away from it.

Division wise, this team is as strong as they can be with just two losses and 10 games over Detroit in that race.  If you want to call it a race.  I set the bar at 7 games as the difference for this divisional race, but it’s looking more and more like you could go over that bar.  No Derrick Rose for the Chicago Bulls.  A Pistons team that’s finding their way through the season.  A Cleveland team that some are saying are underachieving with a top point guard in Kyrie Irving. But even his season isn’t being talked about as much as last year. Then, you have the Milwaukee Bucks, who haven’t even reached double figures in the win column yet.

On to the Conference standings, it’s the Indiana Pacers with the game edge over the Miami Heat.  Next up are the Atlanta Hawks, and there are your teams over the .500 mark. It’s a rough season for this Eastern Conference right now.  But sometimes, that’s how the season goes.

The Pacers and Heat are heading to another Conference Finals run, and that will be a treat to watch come playoff time.  Would it have been fun to watch on Christmas Day? Sure, but I’d rather watch those teams duke it out come May. Then the Indiana Pacers can get their Christmas gift of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy as Christmas comes in June.  That’s when the Christmas season can start for this team. Right now, it’s business as usual for the Blue and Gold.

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