Pacers Rising In NBA Power Rankings

The Indiana Pacers haven't received much respect in the various NBA power rankings over the past few weeks despite solid results. The dismantling at Miami combined with a weak strength of schedule kept folks skeptical.

But it appears the Pacers play this past week caught the attention of a few skeptics as they rose in most of the power rankings after a few impressive wins as that schedule strengthened. Here's how the Pacers stacked up in some of those power rankings:

- NBA Basketball Power Rankings - Marc Stein - ESPN
Pacers move up one slot to #5: "The fact they're now on the reigning MVP's hit list got all the attention -- "I will never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," D-Rose announced Wednesday night -- but the Pacers are still on another important list: Indy, Philly and Chicago are the only teams yet to lose two in a row this season."

- NBA Power Rankings: Thunder Lead With Heat, Bulls And Clippers Chasing Close - SBNation.com
Pacers rank 9th but Ziller is still not impressed. Of course, he saw them play the Kings so that makes perfect sense.

- Power Rankings: Heat back on top after big win | NBA.com
John Schuhmann keeps the Pacers ranked 8th.

- Sagarin ratings - USA Today
The Pacers rose up to 10th in the numerical maestro's rankings thanks to the schedule.

- Top O' The World, Ma | NBA.com - David Aldridge
DA moved the Pacers up from 13th to 6th this week, impressed by their work on the road.

- 2011-2012 Hollinger Power Rankings
Pacers up to 8th in the daily rankings after being in the teens last week.

- Chris Sheridan's weekly Sunday power rankings
Pacers drop a spot to 8th based on perceived problems in Boston.

- NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck | ProBasketballTalk
One ranking where the Pacers dropped, from 6 to 8, with a reasonable explanation that the great wins came around a pair of bad losses.

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