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IC Cold Link: Pacers Look Exhausted After a Great Week, Get Killed by the Grizzlies

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I suppose after such a strong effort all week long the Indiana Pacers were due for a low-intensity, high-ugly game.  The Memphis Grizzlies are fighting for a playoff spot just like the Pacers, but the difference is the Grizzlies looked like they wanted it last night and the Pacers didn't.  Fortunately, the Charlotte Bobcats lost again so the 8th playoff spot is still in the Pacers hands.

The Pacers need to bring that drive they had against the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls into this upcoming week.  They play all sub-500 teams and have a great opportunity to cement themselves in the 8th spot.  However, over the past few weeks we have seen very poor play against inferior teams and great play against superior teams.  They will take on the New Jersey Nets (who have played well since Deron Williams was acquired), the Bobcats, the Sacramento Kings, and the Detroit Pistons.   I will be the first to admit, I thought 3-2 would be very tough to accomplish against last week's schedule....but they accomplished it with a real opportunity to complete the week at 4-1.  This week's schedule appears to be weaker, so what do you guys think the Pacers can accomplish with the softer week?  After the jump, check out the links of the day...