Feb 22, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Pacers Week in Review: Reports of Indiana’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

We’re Going Streaking?

Indiana hit a four-game skid recently and that obviously meant they were no longer a good basketball team and were absolutely terrible.

Obviously, this is not true.

The four-game losing streak is concerning, but as the boys over at the Miller Time Podcast pointed out, if a losing streak automatically disqualifies you from winning a championship then only the Clippers and Spurs are still able to win a title this year because they’ve avoided any significant losing skids. There were issues during the streak as opponents were knocking down mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers at a higher rate than usual. Also the Pacers defensive rating shot up above 100 while the Pacers floundered.

However, the night is always darkest before the dawn and there are lights on the horizon. One of them has been Andrew Bynum, as the big fella has shown in his limited minutes that he’s not broken down and a waste of space, he showed he is quiet the opposite. The ride with Bynum will be interesting, but he’s making a positive impact in his first game back as the MTP discussed.

Let’s not forget only a week or two ago we were talking about how historically good the Pacers defense is. This season is far from over and it isn’t time to write Indiana’s obituary yet.

Wins and Losses

After Indiana pushed so hard to try to beat the Warriors, they dropped three more games in quick succession. Low points were plentiful. The loss to the Bobcats saw Paul George only score two points. The loss to the Rockets was only more tolerable as Houston is surging late in the season. The final loss came against the Dallas Mavericks before Indiana got back to playing good basketball against the Celtics.

Not a lot of good during that stretch, but hopefully the Pacers are no longer in a tail spin.

State of the Pacers

Like anything, the past can only tell us so much about the future but the current state of the Pacers is in flux. The four losses to bring up plenty of concerns, but this is also a Pacers are also a team dealing with the additions of Bynum, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen while saying goodbye to Danny Granger. All those factors combined to give the Pacers their worst stretch of the season. The question now is how the deal with that going forward.

Do they complain about foul calls and stop playing defense? Or do they rally for the final 17 games and show us why people thought Indiana might be the best team in the league at one point?

While looking for outside help isn’t a bad thing, the Pacers have to take care of themselves first and get back to their winning ways.

Other News and Notes

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  • Special K

    This portrayal of the losing skid is a little sunny. Other than the Golden State loss, that losing skid was HORRENDOUS. It included an 8 point 1st quarter against the mighty, mighty Bobcats and a third quarter where they were outscored by 22 points against the Rockets. A double digit loss against a mediocre Dallas team was more reasonable in comparison. Tally that against Miami’s 3 gamer where they lost to two of the West’s best on the road and the hottest post-All Star break team in the league, only one loss by double digits. If Miami weren’t currently slumping just as bad as the Pacers, they’d have eagerly handed the 1 seed right back over to the Heat.

    • Jack Wright

      disagree. were fine. right on track baby. except Vogel needs to realize soon that rasual butler is going thoroughly under-utilized under his watch.

      • Special K

        If you look at it from a productivity perspective, everyone is under utilized.