For the better part of 50-some games, the Indiana Pacers have enjoyed about as much success as anyone on the team could have asked for.
They began the season 9-0 after Lance Stephenson challenged the troops to win their first 10 games. Once Indiana lost its first game, the team then won another seven, getting off to a blistering 16-1 start. The Pacers barely lost their 18th game of the season to Portland, falling to the Blazers by four points.
Since then, it’s safe to say the Indiana Pacers have cooled off and begun coasting through the rugged 82-game NBA slate. After the 16-1 mark, the blue and gold have gone 24-10 over their last 34 games. They still hold the best record in the league to date – by win/loss percentages – as the team sits at 40-11 with one game remaining before the All-Star break.
While a few Pacers will head to New Orleans to partake in All-Star festivities, the days off are much appreciated amongst the players. Indiana’s coaching staff was elected to lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the game on February 16. Paul George and Roy Hibbert were voted as All-Stars on the East, thus joining their coaches for the weekend in the Big Easy.
Outside of those gentlemen, the majority of the team will take the time to rest their bodies and get their minds right for the second half of the season and a playoff push.
Before that time comes, however, the Indiana Pacers have one more team to focus on: the Dallas Mavericks.
Most Pacers fans enjoy the matchup as former Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle returns to town. Carlisle coached Indiana for a couple seasons, leading them to a number of wins and exciting playoff appearances. He has done an excellent job in Dallas, winning more games than not with an aging group of guys.
The Indiana Pacers face the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, searching for their 41st win through 52 games. Indiana hopes to keep its momentum from Monday’s win heading into the game with Dallas, in hope of achieving a small winning streak heading into the long All-Star weekend.