The Indiana Pacers are saying all the right things. They are focused on building steam as they finish out there three last games before the playoffs. Coach Frank Vogel says they are not going to rest players, rather they will simply widen the rotation to limit some minutes of key players.
All the players agree that they can't coast through the last three games (which happen to be 3 playoff teams). So, ideally the Pacers finally get one against the Atlanta Hawks tonight, then take down the New York Knicks and finally take down the Orlando Magic...in Orlando. However, which team will show up??....
We have seen the ups and downs of this Pacers team this year (understatement?). We all know potential is there; however, potential to completely lose focus is also there. I like their attitude heading into this last week and I think if they can win 2 of 3 it would be huge for their confidence. What do you guys think we can expect for the last three games heading into the playoffs?
After the jump, check out the links of the day, including the Atlanta Hawks getting focused on the Orlando Magic (not the Pacers tonight)...
Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers - Preview - April 08, 2011 - ESPN
NBA Basketball Preview: Final statistics from the Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers game played on April 08, 2011
With playoff berth secured, Pacers have no time to rest | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Mike Wells takes a look at what kind of rotation we will see over the last 3 games now that a playoff spot is secure
- 2011 NBA Playoff Picture: Pacers Clinch East's Final Spot - SB Nation Indiana
Playoff-bound Pacers enjoy moment
Conrad Brunner reports on the post-clinching reaction from the Pacers.
1070 The Fan | Time to get reacquainted with playoff basketball in Indiana - MG
Michael Grady takes a moment to reflect on how fun the playoffs can be.
- Peachtree Hoops
Smith, Collins rest as Hawks look to Magic | ajc.com
Looks like the Hawks are looking right past the Pacers as they focus on the Magic in the playoffs.