IC Cold Links: Pacers Set To Face Desperate Bucks, Don't Care About Media Coverage

Apr 17, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Dahntay Jones (1) dunks during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Indiana Pacers open up a four-game homestand to close out the regular season when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

The Pacers still need wins to lock up the third seed in the East along with home court advantage. Their magic number remains at two after Atlanta dispatched with Detroit last night. The Pacers should expect a battle from the Bucks as their backs are truly against the wall after dumping a bad loss on the road at Washington last night. Milwaukee is now 2.5 games behind Philadelphia for a playoff spot with five games to play.

The Pacers are starting to earn the glance of the national media as Mike Wells delves into why no one is paying attention to the Pacers major turn around story. This will no doubt spawn a round of , "hey, no one's paying attention to the Pacers but they are good" stories from said national types, which are starting to pop up already.

While the national writers offer their thoughts on the lack of buzz about the Pacers, they actually expose that the coverage by big media outlets simply simply isn't as thorough as they'd like you to believe. They don't pay attention to every game and actually watch all of the games around the league. Relying on box scores and highlights won't ever tell the story of this Pacers team.

The beauty of it is that it really doesn't matter at this point. Dahntay Jones summed it up perfectly saying, "We just play to win games." No doubt winning games is far more important than media exposure.

Check out the links after the jump.

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