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Open Game Thread: Pacers vs. Bobcats

The Pacers hit the road tonight to take on the Charlotte Bobcats. At first glance it seems like a winnable game, but these days winnable and Pacers go together like oil and water. Here's Bruno's preview which touches on the Pacers struggles against supposed inferior teams this year.

"We can't look at what other teams' records are," said Mike Dunleavy. "We have the worst record in the league since the All-Star break (4-18), so nobody's been worse than us, and all these other teams are looking at chances to get wins on us. We've got to go out there with a sense of urgency."

This continual call for a sense of urgency kills me everytime. I think we're past that point aren't we? I guess the next four games will be the last chance for that sense of urgency to take hold.

A closer look reveals only a great effort will allow the Pacers to win tonight. The Bobcats are 8-5 in their last 13 and have won 3 in a row at home. Also, don't forget the last meeting with the Bobcats in late December when they came to the fieldhouse and handled the Pacers pretty easily. In that game, Adam Morrison had a career-high 30 points out of nowhere. He must've been hyped to play in front of Larry Joe Legend because Morrison hasn't matched that effort since and lately is grinding to score in double-figures.

Why do I want the Pacers to make the playoffs? They've made the playoffs in 16 of the last 17 years. It is what they do.