IC Cold Links: Pacers Exhale After Beating Heat, Stumble Against Nets

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 28: David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers looks on as he walks back to the bench for a timeout against the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on March 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Human nature dictated that the Indiana Pacers couldn't help be experience a mental and physical exhale after a strong effort on Monday night to beat the Miami Heat. So it is easy to see how they came out light on energy and execution against the New Jersey Nets.

The problem is, a top team in the NBA, which the Pacers strive to be, fights through the malaise to fight for a win. The Pacers have done that against sub-.500 teams quite a bit this year but this time Deron Williams took the fight to the Pacers when it mattered and there was no response from the banana suits. Stark reminder that this team has far from arrived.

The Pacers will have another mental and physical challenge ahead of them tonight as they face the Washington Wizards at BLF, a team that nearly beat the Pacers just last week in a similar situation to what the Pacers faced against the Nets. The Wiz just didn't have Deron Williams.

Check out the links after the jump.

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