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IC Cold Links: Pacers Have To Regroup After Getting Deep Frye-d By Suns

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I feel ya, Brandon.
I feel ya, Brandon.

Two steps forward, two steps back.

The Indiana Pacers returned home early this morning to a snowy Indianapolis just as they left, with a .500 record.

Momentum seemed to be building for something special after starting their West Coast swing with wins over the L.A. Lakers and Sacramento Kings. But after a reality check against the Utah Jazz and then checking-out early against the Phoenix Suns last night, players, coaches and fans are left lamenting another win that got away.

Milwaukee, Houston, Oklahoma City and now Phoenix. Those 50-50 losses are stacking up and keeping the Pacers sputtering through the season around the mediocre middle of the Eastern Conference. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that this team has raised my expectations enough so that a 9-9 record at this point in the schedule is frustrating.

But the Pacers have shown what they're capable of when they defend, move the ball on offense and attack the opposition. Those are things they can control and last night they were lacking with little coercion from the Suns. I mean, how can Channing Frye be left alone so often to torch the Pacers from deep? Maybe some of the young players were reading their positive press clippings which have been coming in from several national outlets.

So now the Pacers are back home with a chance to regroup and try to gather that positive momentum once again. It seems like a pretty easy recipe, take care of the ball and get down and dirty on the defensive end and then let the chips fall where they may. We'll see if the Pacers can emerge from the middle of the pack again and this time stay above the fray.

After the jump, a few links of interest from last night's loss.