While the national power rankings struggle to find a consensus #1 between the Clippers, Thunder, and Spurs, the Indiana Pacers have crept into the top 10, with the common theme of the week involving plenty of loud murmurs about how the Pacers sure seem to be coming together as of late. While the win against Miami isn't reflected in the human polls this week, it should further turn heads, assuming they don't come out flat against the New York Knicks on Thursday night in front of the entire NBA landscape.
The Pacers moved to 11-3 after falling below .500 this time a month ago, with eight coming at home after the road heavy schedule softened. They're currently on an eight game winning streak at home, the team's longest since winning eight consecutive in March of the 2009-10 season. You wouldn't be alone in being surprised the worst Pacers team in recent memory having the longest home winning streak, but it just shows the strength of Indiana at home.
Playing well at home is no stranger for this franchise, who has never had a losing season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and have the longest streak of winning home seasons in the NBA, dating back to 1988-89. A win tomorrow would put the Pacers at their longest streak since 2003-04 & 2004-05, when they had 10 straight (they ended the 03-04 campaign with eight straight home wins, but they also won their first six home playoff games).
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Seth Rosenthal has Indiana at 10th, with considerable ode to their home play, proposing a chill nickname for Bankers Life: The Bear Trap. Bankers Life Fieldhouse doesn't roll as well as Conseco sure, but I'll have to dwell on that for a while while sticking with "The Fieldhouse" for now.
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Indiana jumps into the top 10, Marc Stein says that while the team's (early) struggles against quality teams is worth some grief, the team's win against Memphis (and Miami) should only, in fairness, give them some credit in return.
The Pacers are #9 in John Schuhmann's rankings, that despite some ugly basketball and bench play, have played well enough in the standings. They were able to steal away one win from Miami, but it's hard to imagine appeasement should Indiana lose to the Knicks.
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Kurt Helin moves Indiana to No. 10, as the Pacers continue to come together as basketball team, showing how dangerous they can be if they get their full roster back.
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The Pacers drop to #11, but are putting it together in Sam Amico's mind with the physical, defensive play in the forefront.
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Indiana moves up a slot to number 10, as David Aldridge shares the sentiment of the recent play suggesting the team getting back to the level they were at least year when they were one of the best teams in the East.
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Indiana joins the top 10 in Sagrain's ratings, despite having the fewest wins against top ten competition.