March 22, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards small forward Chris Singleton (31) in the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
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.
- 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.
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