The defending champs are 14-9 as they struggle to keep their experienced legs healthy with the loaded schedule. Plus, they're all a little salty after losing at home on Wednesday to Western Conference leader, Oklahoma City. So while the Pacers are quite excited to be in fourth place in the East, the Mavs are disgruntled sitting in fifth place in the West.
Success breeds different expectation.
Speaking of success, True Hoop has an interesting post today about the business side of the NBA emerging from the lockout as strong as ever. The play on the court may not be fabulous, or at least consistently fabulous, but people are definitely paying attention.
Check out all of the links after the jump.
- PACERS: Caught in the Web Indiana Pacers blog: Carlisle believes Pacers have right stuff to contend
- Pacers' Price, Stephenson to see more playing time | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers Traffic Adds To Super Bowl Mix - Indiana News Story - WRTV Indianapolis
- Pacers' Paul George developing into star on both ends of the floor - Ian Thomsen - SI.com
- PACERS VIDEO: Pacers Crate talks Super Bowl XLVI
- On Volatility Among The NBA's Top Scorers: How Valuable Is LeBron James' Consistency? - SBNation.com
- Who's contending and who's pretending? - CBSSports.com
- All except Jason Kidd ready to go vs. Pacers - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas
- Barkley: Father Time catching up with Dirk; Mavs ain't gonna win, it's over | Dallas Mavericks News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
- Interesting reaction to Rick Carlisle's botched punt | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News
- Mavericks' Marion improved; Haywood, Odom hopeful, not definite | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News
- The business of the NBA is good - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
- Blake Griffin: I won't defend dunk contest crown - Let PG Fly!- CBSSports.com