First of all, let me apologize. I’ve been away on vacation and I didn’t have the time or internet access to post on the Pacers. Actually, I did one post, but as usual it got wiped clean before I had the opportunity to post it!
So allow me to quickly recap. The Pacers have continued to baffle the last couple of weeks. I knew it was going to be an up and down season but what has happened this season is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.
They beat New York back to back and one of the hottest teams in the league in Chicago (in OT, no less). But they also lost to Minnesota and Memphis, two of the worst teams in the league. Losses to Boston and Memphis were pretty much expected.
Tyler Hansbrough has been playing out of his mind, which makes one wonder why he didn’t get more minutes before. He is the one guy that gives 110% on every possession, and the rest of the Pacers (take note, Danny Granger) could certainly learn from that.
Okay, so coming off a tough win against the Deron Williams-less New Jersey Nets, tonight the Pacers are in for a huge game against the Charlotte Bobcats, who are one of the two teams (the other being Milwaukee) battling the Pacers for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East. It really shouldn’t even be a contest, considering the Bobcats pretty much blew up their roster and gave up on the season, but because the Pacers have been so crap lately, anything is possible.
The Pacers are 3-0 against the Bobcats, but with this squad, you just never know. Which team will show up? The one that has beaten Miami, LA, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Portland and the Knicks, or the one that has lost to Toronto, Minnesota, Detroit and Washington? Your guess is as good as mine.
The Pacers are currently 31-40 while the Bobcats are 28-41, so a win here would really solidify their position for the playoffs (where they can be swept by either Chicago or Boston or perhaps win a game against Miami).