It was an up and down week for the Indiana Pacers emotionally, for reasons both on and off the floor, but the State of the Pacers is strong despite a few hiccups to start 2014. Indiana didn’t have a perfect road trip, but they haven’t fallen out of the first seed spot in the East. 2014 will be a year of action for the Pacers. But Dave and Jon of the Miller Time Podcast worry about what has been troubling the Pacers as of late.
Indiana capped off their second Western Conference road trip with a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, a game that was too close for too long before Indiana finished off the injury-riddled Lakers. The win gave Indiana a 3-2 record on the trip — and pushed them to 14-8 on the road this season. The finishing blows got started with a Paul George 3-pointer — which continued the trend of him being the closer for the Pacers. Though George knocked down that three, it was one of only four made field goals in the game for PG. Perhaps he had too much fun with Jimmy Kimmel? In related news, NBATV’s The Starters discuss possible nicknames for Paul George, none good (skip to the 27:56 mark for that).
Before Indiana and the Phoenix Suns took the court on Thursday evening, the NBA announced the All-Star reserves, adding Roy Hibbert while snubbing Lance Stephenson. David West offered some cutting analysis of Lance’s snub as well. Those picks fell in line with what the 8 Points, 9 Seconds roundtable expected, but we had more optimism about Lance’s chances.
Unfortunately when Indiana took on Phoenix at the Fieldhouse it went much like the first meeting, as the Pacers lost, dropping to 7-3 in their last 10 games. It didn’t help that the entire bench was awful on Thursday night, but the Pacers could use Luis Scola to snap out of his mid-range slump sooner rather than later. One of the few Pacers highlights was the ridiculousness by PG.
While the Pacers play 8 of their next 12 games at home, it has been nice to see Paul George’s improvement on the road compared to last year. The Pacers face the Brooklyn Nets at the Fieldhouse on Saturday to open up the month of February, a team Indiana has beat three times this year by a combined 36 points.
And oh yeah, Indiana signed Andrew Bynum.
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