Given the plagues of inconsistency the Pacers have displayed in recent memory, it's plausible to believe they've spent the last week getting themselves into more of a postseason mindset, going 3-1 with a no-way-do-they-deserve-this win against Washington to go along with a pair of comfortable wins over teams in playoff contention. The blemish against Phoenix certainly takes away from the week Indiana had, but their play in the last week showed a lot more of the early season promise than the All-Star break lack of.
Certainly, the Pacers putting together a great win against Miami will help their cause, but they've got four more games this week that could help or hinder the blue and gold's standings as their up and down national opinions.
- NBA Power Rankings - Marc Stein - ESPN
Darren Collison and Paul George are now the only backcourt in the league to have started in every game so far. That's about the only positive Stein could find about the Pacers besides having them at #11.
- NBA Power Rankings: Thunder Storm Castle, But Bulls Retain Throne - SBNation.com
The Pacers move sneak back into the top ten as they round it out while Tom Ziller questions whether Pacers fans should want to see Boston or Philadelphia in the first round. As long as it's not Atlanta or Orlando, I always say.
- Power Rankings: Thunder pass the first test | NBA.com
John Schuhmann jets Indiana up to 7th, questioning Frank Vogel's motives regarding his ejection against the Suns. I maintain that too much was at play in that game to feel Vogel was the be all, end all of them losing, so I can't blame the coach for losing it.
- Sagarin Ratings - USA Today
The Pacers move up to 7th on the Sagarin Ratings following their solid week.
- Top O' The World, Ma | NBA.com - David Aldridge
The Pacers move to #6, Aldridge noting Vogel's coaching record in his first 85 games. Also on his weekly column is a lengthy piece about the growth of the blue and gold.1
- 2011-2012 Hollinger Power Rankings - ESPN
Computers still love the Pacers, who are up to #6 on Hollinger's rankings.
- Chris Sheridan's Weekly NBA Power Rankings
Despite the winning, Sheridan keeps Indiana locked in at 12th, all but writing off the Pacers if they should have to face the Knicks in the first round. Let's see how the meeting April 3rd goes first before we go that far.
- NBA Power Rankings: Thunder move up to second spot | ProBasketballTalk
Kurt Helin jumps Indiana to 8th, as he suggests they keep a close eye on the Atlantic Division race to see who their opponent might be. Of course, the Pacers themselves still have to contend with the Hawks before they can become too preoccupied with scoreboard watching.