A busy week for the Indiana Pacers ended up 3-2 in a not uncommon W-L-W-L-W fashion and while no one can fault the Pacers running into a buzzsaw against the San Antonio Spurs, to lose to the New Jersey Nets (who have built a three game winning streak out of the win)? That's another story. Certainly, the sever letdown following an exhilarating win against Miami dampens moods in that regard, but Indiana showed a lot of guts in closing out their wins against Washington and Houston, so there are still a lot of positive signs.
The road ahead for the Pacers is important as the Eastern Conference standings from the 3-7 range are wide open. The Magic currently sit in third, just a half game in front of Indiana, who are just two games up on the current seven seed Philadelphia. Including New York, Indiana has four games against teams in the East playoff race right now, making this week's tests against Boston and Oklahoma City key to find some consistency and standing separation.
- NBA Power Rankings - Marc Stein - ESPN
The Pacers jump to 8th in Stein's latest rankings, as Marc hands out an incredible statistic about Pacers and losing streaks on the road that was snapped against Houston.
- NBA Power Rankings: Meet The Stretch Run, Land Of Yawns - SBNation.com
Tom Ziller likens the Pacers to David West, in both positive and negative connotations. The New Jersey loss was pretty perplexing, no?
- Power Rankings: First time ever, OKC is No. 1 | NBA.com
The Pacers sit at No. 7, with much mention of Indiana's home games this week being key in the tight Eastern Conference standings.
- Sagarin Ratings - USA Today
The Pacers slip to 9th in the Sagarin rankings following the 3-2 week.
- 2011-2012 Hollinger Power Rankings - ESPN
Computers continue to defy eye logic as Pacers drop to #11.
- Chris Sheridan's Weekly NBA Power Rankings
Sheridan isn't the only one confused about the win over Miami followed by the loss to New Jersey, but puts importance on the #10 Pacers game against Boston this week.
- NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck | ProBasketballTalk
Not much from Kurt Helin on the Pacers except marveling at the up and down nature of their win against Miami and loss against New Jersey as the Pacers come in 12th.