After laying down in Miami last night, the Indiana Pacers better raise their level of intensity and play in a hurry since less than 24 hours after absorbing a beat down in Miami, the Pacers have to face the Orlando Magic tonight.
The Magic will gladly roll over the Pacers if the blue and gold don't bring a stronger game to the court tonight. Consider the Magic should have a little revenge on their minds after the Pacers handled them at the Fieldhouse two weeks ago without Danny Granger.
In that game, the Pacers didn't shoot exceptional but they made plays and rode a strong effort from Roy Hibbert. On the other hand, the Magic went through the game with no-show performances from Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis. Plus, Dwight Howard only took six shots and didn't go to the free throw line until the fourth quarter. Carter hasn't been 100% lately but you have to expect that this trio will score more than the 21 points combined they put up in Indy.
So expecting Orlando's full attention tonight, how will the Pacers respond? Will anyone provide a spark? Will JOB shake things up, maybe give high-energy player Josh McRoberts a few minutes early? Something? Anything?
After the jump, more links of interest after last night's loss.
- Box score
- AP game report
PACERS: Inside the Game: Heat 113, Pacers 83
Bruno's Inside the Game report has all of the notes, quotes and numbers along with highlights from the loss last night.
Pacers KO'd by Heat's physical defense
Mike Wells reports on the Pacers getting physically overwhelmed by the Heat last night.
Wade's 32 points leads Miami Heat over Indiana Pacers - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
Israel Gutierrez reports on Dwyane Wade and the Heat lighting up the Pacers last night.
Heat slam Pacers by 30 in 1st home game in 2 weeks
PiM wishes the Pacers could play in Miami more often.
Game #41 Recap: Recap is “paceR” Spelled Backwards
Over at 8.9, Tim Donahue succinctly sums up last night's game.
Pacers Notebook: Poor marks on 1st-half report card
Jim O'Brien wants an incomplete grade for the first half of the season because of all of the injuries.
Playoffs vs. lottery debate thoroughly one-sided
Bruno's latest Caught in the Web Daily delves into the playoffs vs. losing for lottery position debate.
Can the Pacers at least fight back a little bit?
Wells blogs about the Pacers looking like the JV team compared to the varsity Heat.
NBA Power Rankings: Where The Middle Class Grows And Grows - SB Nation
Mike Prada offers up his latest NBA power rankings.
Vote: How many points will Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert score against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday?
Josh Robbins at the Orlando Sentinel is wondering if Roy Hibbert can match the big outing he had against the Magic in their last meeting.
- The four factors of winning reveal the massive shooting discrepancy. The Pacers fare alright on the offensive rebound numbers, but the Heat didn't have many ORebs to grab in the first place. More on the Four Factors.