A busy week for the Indiana Pacers ended up 3-2 in a not uncommon W-L-W-L-W fashion and while no one can fault the Pacers running into a buzzsaw against the San Antonio Spurs, to lose to the New Jersey Nets (who have built a three game winning streak out of the win)? That's another story. Certainly, the sever letdown following an exhilarating win against Miami dampens moods in that regard, but Indiana showed a lot of guts in closing out their wins against Washington and Houston, so there are still a lot of positive signs.
The road ahead for the Pacers is important as the Eastern Conference standings from the 3-7 range are wide open. The Magic currently sit in third, just a half game in front of Indiana, who are just two games up on the current seven seed Philadelphia. Including New York, Indiana has four games against teams in the East playoff race right now, making this week's tests against Boston and Oklahoma City key to find some consistency and standing separation.
- NBA Power Rankings - Marc Stein - ESPN The Pacers jump to 8th in Stein's latest rankings, as Marc hands out an incredible statistic about Pacers and losing streaks on the road that was snapped against Houston.
- Chris Sheridan's Weekly NBA Power Rankings Sheridan isn't the only one confused about the win over Miami followed by the loss to New Jersey, but puts importance on the #10 Pacers game against Boston this week.