The Pacers are in the midst of a remarkable regular season as they prepare to return to action against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday after a few days off for the All-Star break. So remarkable, in fact, that the Pacers actually limped into the break, losing five of their last 12 games and still were able to rest on a 40-12 record for the season.
Prior to the Pacers last road trip, David West indicated the team wanted to finish strong before the break, knowing that after their last real chance to rest they would have to ramp up the level of intensity to achieve their regular season goal of earning the top seed in the East.
Well, the first part of that equation fell victim to the dog days of the NBA season clashing with human nature, but now it is truly "go time" for the Pacers as they emerge from the break with a favorable schedule while the Miami Heat face a much tougher schedule over the next ten games.
The Pacers already blew a great opportunity to expand their current 2.5 game lead over the Heat to at least 4.5 before the break. So if they don't expand the lead over the next 10 games, earning that top seed is going to be a struggle if LeBron James continues to play at the ridiculous level he has of late.
I discussed this topic and more on The Phil Naessens Show so have a listen.
Check out the links:
- Roy Hibbert shares his thoughts about his game, teammates and the Heat on BS Report
- NBA All-Star 2014: East tops West 163-155, Paul George scores 18
- NBA All-Star Game 2014: Game thread, lineups and more
- East wins Dunk Contest, Paul George goes between the legs on a 360
- NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Slam dunk game thread #SeePGFly