NBA Power Rankings: Pacers slip with road woes

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The Pacers on a three game losing streak

The Pacers, with their three straight road losses that dropped them to 10-16 on the year, have built up something of a Jekyll & Hyde persona with their play at and away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The reason for this? It's a little hard to say, perhaps it's away from Indy that the Pacers really feel the loss of Danny Granger, especially given Indiana's road success last season.

Despite this, the rankings are kind to Indiana's struggles, some minor murmurs about the team's issues winning consistently on the road, but with the level of competition in their four game road trip, the Pacers weren't hit too hard in the rankings despite dropping in most of them. The issues that led to Indiana's close on the road trip, resulting in three straight 100 point games, had to do with transition and interior defense. Transition could be written off as a Western Conference style that lined up at a bad time, a poor excuse, but one nonetheless.

Even still, there could be concerns about the team's interior defense as of late, getting killed by opposing bigs in the three game losing streak. With Detroit's incredibly talented front court of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe coming to town Wednesday night, it's time for the Pacers to get back on track defensively with a great majority of their games in the next month at home.

Elsewhere, Sam Amico of Fox Sports continues to advocate the Pacers trading Danny Granger upon his return and/or diminishing his minutes in some way to avoid confrontation with Paul George's emergence as "the guy," but it seems incredibly confusing why that would actually be a good idea considering the versatility of George as a wing player and the fact Granger can help solve Indiana's greatest weakness: scoring! Since when is being able to bring in another guy who can get you 20 points any night a bad thing, especially for one of the worst offensive teams in the league?

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Seth Rosenthal shows some concern for the 11th ranked Pacers, who despite coming home, aren't given a break in scheduling to get their feet under them after the rough end to the road trip.

NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - ESPN
Even with the road losses, Marc Stein moves Indiana up to #6, giving praise for Paul George's well rounded game, but noting the team's loss of the Central Division lead.

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Marc Schuhmann looks at Indiana's road trip, while sliding them to 11th.

NBA Power Rankings: Spurs back in the saddle again | ProBasketballTalk
The Pacers drop to 11th in Kurt Helin's latest rankings, the team finishing 3-5 in their eight game road stretch, but feels confident about their ability to get back on track at home.

NBA Power Rankings - Top 30 NBA Baskeball Teams - FOX Sports on MSN
Sam Amico wonders if Danny Granger would come off the bench if he's not traded. I'm constantly confused why Amico thinks the Pacers trading Granger is a good idea.

Top O' The World, Ma! - David Aldridge | NBA.com
Indiana drops to 7th, Aldridge sharing concern about the Pacers having one of the worst road records among current contenders.

2012-2013 Hollinger Power Rankings - ESPN
The Pacers are at No. 11, with their SOS in recent games finally jumping above .500.

Jeff Sagarin NBA ratings - USA TODAY
Despite dropping to 10th, the Pacers schedule rank has gotten much more difficult recently.

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