The conclusion of tonight's game in Miami will mark the end of the first half of the season for the Indiana Pacers.
Talk about the good, the bad and the ugly, the Pacers have shown all of the above in drastic fashion. For the good, you can point to the five-game and three-game winning streak, playing small when healthy and the relative good health of the team of late.
For the bad, there were the four losing streaks of at least three games, the array of injuries which has forced the number of different starting lineups to reach the mid-teens and the general poor shooting, especially from 3-point land.
For the ugly, I present @New York -43 and @Miami -34 along with eight-game losing streak to close out December.
As they head into the second half of the season, hopefully the Pacers can maintain their good health and offer up a lot more good than bad the rest of the way.
After the jump, a few links of interest while waiting on the opening tip from Miami tonight.
Pacers' Hibbert seeking consistency
Mike Wells reports on Roy Hibbert looking to find a groove where he can produce more consistently for the Pacers and force opposing defenses to adjust.
Pacers Hope to Avenge 34 Point Loss in Miami, Start 3-Game Road Trip on a Winning Note
Jeremiah Johnson finds the Pacers looking to avenge the embarrassing loss they sustained last time they were in Miami.
Pacers struggle through injuries, defensive lapses
Cliff Brunt pauses to assess the Pacers as they prepare to pass the half-way point of the season tonight.
Game #40: Indiana Pacers (14-26) vs. Miami Heat (20-19) - Peninsula is Mightier
Peninsula is Mightier previews the game tonight from a Miami perspective.