The good news is that the Indiana Pacers returned to Indy after their win in Philadelphia and will stay five full days at home before playing at Toronto on Sunday evening.
The bad news is that the Los Angeles Lakers (Wednesday) and Cleveland Cavaliers (Friday) will travel to Indy to keep the Pacers busy while they're at home.
Still, the Pacers are in the midst of a two-week stretch where they have at least a day off between games, a relatively healthy roster that seems to have found a playing rotation that can offer a little consistency. All things considered, this may be the best time to catch the Lakers and Cavs, if there is such a thing.
It will be interesting to see how the Pacers play the Lakers because whether they go big or small, matching up with the long and athletic front-court of the Lakers is a problem. Since the Lakers play tonight in Washington maybe Andrew Bynum will miss the team plane again. That would help a little.
Of course, the Pacers beat the Lakers at the Fieldhouse last year and always seem to come up with a good effort when the top teams come to town. In fact, the Pacers only have a four wins against teams with a record above .500 and all of those wins (Boston, Orlando, Toronto, Phoenix) were at home.
After the jump, a few links of interest from the win last night.
- Box score
- AP game report
PACERS: Inside the Game: Pacers 109, Sixers 98
Bruno's Inside the Game reports has all of the notes, quotes, numbers and highlights from the win last night.
Granger leads Pacers past Sixers 109-98
Jeff Rabjohns reports on the lineup change and win sitting well with the Pacers.
76ers stopped by Indiana Pacers
Kate Fagan reports on a frustrated 76ers team after losing to the Pacers.
Pacers Will Raise Ya One
Liberty Ballers deals with the bad side of swapping road wins with the Pacers.
Sixers learning to adjust to starting, substitution roles
Bob Cooney reporst on the 76ers dealing with their own roster shuffling while searching for some consistency.
Big things from the small lineup
Jeff Rabjohns blogs about Dahntay Jones taking advantage of his minutes in the small lineup.
Schedule weighed heavily on Pacers
Bruno's latest CITW daily digs into the heavy schedule of late that was not only a physical grind but also limited the amount of time the team could practice.
Cashing in on a flyer
Andrew Perna digs into the Pacers' point guard situation which hasn't gone according to script.
Sundance Day Three: massive entertainment followed by a grind
Shawn Levy reports from the Sundance film festival where "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the Knicks" was a big hit.
Proposing a Solution for NBA's Ineffective Luxury Tax
Tom Ziller offers up an alternatvie solution to the current luxury tax system in the NBA.
- Offense was the key factor for the Pacers win as they scored and efficient 1.12 points per possession last night. Here are the four factors of winning which points straight to the shooting efficiency.