After a day off in sunny Phoenix, the Pacers didn't play with the defensive edge the threw at Houston and Dallas in the first two games of the trip. With the way the Suns had been playing leading up to the game, human nature suggests the Pacers figured they wouldn't need that nasty defensive disposition to put away the Suns.
They found out differently as the Suns made it a 48 minute game, forcing the Pacers to rely on bursts of good play throughout the game to stay a step ahead and eventually put away the win. While there wasn't much worthwhile for the Pacers to look back on after this win, logging another road win without their best stuff is a bonus.
After starting the season 1-6 on the road, Frank Vogel set a goal for the team to get their road record back to .500. After beating the Suns, the Pacers are now 18-19 on the road. Finishing the season with that .500 record still won't be easy but surely a motivating factor. The Pacers can hit the mark on Monday night when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers.
Won't be easy to take down the Clips on their home court, though. After that the only road games remaining are at Washington, New York and Boston. Considering the Wizards have been a problem at home since John Wall's return, the Pacers will have to rise up to finish 3-1 on the road to reach their goal. But if it was easy, the team goal wouldn't be worth the effort.
Roy Hibbert likes the way his team has responded on the road this week and is ready to go to the next town.
Got a bunch of savages on this team! We on sum Vikings ish. Come 2ur city n take care of business. Move on2 the next city.— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) March 31, 2013
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