While the Indiana Pacers took a loud and boisterous loss in Miami, the game still just counted as one loss in the Eastern Conference standings where the Pacers remain deadlocked with the New York Knicks, trailing by mere percentage points for second place in the East.
In fact, the Knicks, Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks (2-7 in the East standings, respectively) all lost their last game. So despite the disappointing performance and loss in Miami, the Pacers return home just as the left -- in a tight race for playoff seeing in the East.
The Pacers have two games at the Fieldhouse this week, starting with a visit by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday followed by the surging Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. The T'Wolves are struggling with mass amounts of injuries to key players, especially in the front court (Kevin Love, Andrei Kirilenko, Nikola Pekovic). Minnesota plays San Antonio on Tuesday with all of their injured players still questionable which I assume will be the case on Wednesday in Indy.
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