Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) reacts in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Plummet In Latest NBA Power Rankings

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As we all know by now, the Indiana Pacers have been a mess since the 2014 NBA All-Star break and very noticeably bad on a large scale these past few weeks. Sunday’s blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks at home didn’t provide much help for Indiana, and several major media outlets have them plummeting in their latest NBA Power Rankings.

NBA.com gave Indiana a harsh fall, as the Pacers dropped nine spots down to No. 18 in their latest power rankings:

As bad as the Pacers have been offensively (they rank 29th since the All-Star break), this collapse wouldn’t be so bad if they maintained the level of defense they were playing. No team has regressed more defensively than the Pacers, who have allowed 8.3 more points per 100 possessions since the break than they did before it. The D is still good, but not good enough to make up for the awful O.

Matt Moore of CBS Sports moved Indiana even further down, to No. 21 in the league, and let readers know just how severe the problems with this team have become.

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In ESPN’s latest power rankings, the Pacers were given a modest place at No. 10:

To get pounded the way the Pacers did at home by a beat-up Hawks team has to be the most worrisome outing yet in this second-half swoon that’s giving lower East seeds more and more unexpected hope. Indy has never shown such an alarming lack of fight … with Friday’s trip to Miami looming.

Yahoo! Sports gave Indiana the nicest position in their power rankings, having the Pacers drop only two spots to No. 8. In John Hollinger’s 2013-14 power rankings, Indiana gets in at No. 14.

Overall, these power rankings all have the same idea about Indiana: they’ve been doing pretty bad. But hey, there’s still four games left in the regular season.

Luckily for Indiana, they’re just one lone game behind the Miami Heat for the East’s top seed. They face them this Friday.

Another win against Miami could pay huge dividends for their confidence, possibly seeding in the Eastern Conference and heading into the postseason.

 

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