Despite the schedule only releasing a few hours ago, Pacers fans are already looking forward to, or dreading, the month of January.
This is not without reason however, as the Pacers will run the gauntlet among the NBA’s elite to start off the new year, with two games against the Milwaukee Bucks, three games against the Boston Celtics, including their only national TV game on January 30th, two games against the new look Phoenix Suns, and two games against the defending champion Denver Nuggets.
Despite having a relatively easy strength of schedule for the season, the Pacers always have one month per season where they have to face the NBA’s best teams. Last year, it was around mid-January to mid-February, and this year, it’s the full month of February.
For all we know, maybe the optimists are right about Indiana’s fortunes and they escape the month of January with a winning record, further cementing their position as a team to look out for in not only the future but the present as well.
If anything, at least the rookies are in high spirits for February’s onslaught.