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NBA Power Rankings: More questions for Pacers after opening week

The Pacers moved up and moved down in latest Power Rankings lists as verdict is still out on team's play.

Joe Robbins

The Pacers may be 2-1, but it's among the most uneasy 2-1 starts you can imagine. The Indiana Pacers escaped wins against the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings while suffering their lone loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

In most preseason rankings, concern for the Pacers relied on where they would be without ample health, something everyone got a glimpse of with Danny Granger sidelined indefinitely. The Pacers struggled offensively, needing two overtimes to land their first 100 point game of the year, haven't been able to make a simple pass or hold onto the ball, and seem to have a lot of questions early, and Ian Levy gives a great look at the team's first week struggles.

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Seth Rosenthal drops the Pacers to 16th after the 2-1 start, surveying the sloppiness in the opening week, liking the work of David West and Lance Stephenson, but admits he's unsure of where teams should actually be at this point in the season.

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The Pacers slide only a spot to #9 in Marc Stein's latest rankings, boldly predicting Paul George's current scoring and rebounding load is enough to keep the team in shape before Granger's return. The rebounding could be the key there. Also, Stein's 15 point, 15 rebound note is a great nugget for fans of Pacers history.

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Despite not necessarily passing the eye test, the 2-1 Pacers are still 2-1, moving up to #8 in John Schuhmann, as he does acknowledge the struggles, but gives a big note to the play of Lance Stephenson.

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Kurt Helin skyrockets the Pacers to #5 in his latest rankings, a pleasant jump, praising Indiana's defense and rebounding. If the Pacers can make due with another winning week, they can potentially justify the spot.