NBA Power Rankings: Impressive Week Shines Positive Light on Pacers in National Rankings

April 4, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) dunks the ball over Washington Wizards power forward Brian Cook (43) in the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

If last week was a chance for the Pacers to find some consistency, they were able to really showcase that consistency in their 3-1 week that turned into a four game winning streak with quality wins over New York and Oklahoma City.

A common national trend this week for the Pacers are the nice words for Indiana's wins this week, but a slight level of concern for them getting overwhelmed by the Celtics. Of course, there will be no back-to-back, four games in five days, or stretches of eight games in eleven days when the postseason begins that may play a factor the way it sure looked when the Pacers wore out the front iron in their loss to the Celtics.

The Pacers will have a great chance to settle into a groove to finish out the year with their lighter schedule (in both games and level of opponents), and last night's win over Toronto is a great start for the Pacers to land the third seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs that are drawing closer by the day.

- NBA Power Rankings - Marc Stein - ESPN
Against some other teams failing to make a move with the calendar turning to April, Stein gives the No. 7 Pacers some kind words for doing just that.

- NBA Power Rankings: Spurs Still Riding Hard, 13 Years Later - SBNation.com
Tom Ziller jumps the Pacers up to 5th, minimizing the loss to Boston to allow the solid week to sink in a bit more.

- Power Rankings: Old squads rise to the top | NBA.com
The Pacers remain in 7th, with John Schuhmann offering positives regarding the team's improving offense and easy schedule.

- Sagarin Ratings - USA Today
The Pacers sit at #8 in the Sagarin rankings, but worth noting is the team sitting at 7-7 against other teams in the top 10, one of seven teams with a .500 or better record against top ten opponents.

- Top O' The World, Ma | NBA.com - David Aldridge
Aldridge places Indiana at 6th, noting Danny Granger's scorching play, and the positives of the team sitting at third in the East.

- 2011-2012 Hollinger Power Rankings - ESPN
A slew of impressive wins don't impress Hollinger's rankings as the Pacers slide to 12th.

- Chris Sheridan's Weekly NBA Power Rankings
Sheridan sees no correlation with the work load and the #10 Pacers' inept performance against Boston, urging the team to stay where they are to avoid the Celtics in the postseason.

- NBA Power Rankings: Who forgot to tell Spurs they are old? | ProBasketballTalk
Repeating the common trend this week, Helin likes what the Pacers, who jumped to No. 9, showed offensively this week, but wonders what happened when they couldn't get anything going against Boston.

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