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Pacers Links: Pacers face Spurs after bottoming out (again) in Cleveland

The Pacers road show delivered poor reviews once again with another weak offensive effort against the Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon. Bouncing back at home won't be easy with the San Antonio Spurs waiting to try and extend their winning streak.

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How many times can you hit rock bottom?

I thought the Pacers hit hard floor after their inexplicable loss in Charlotte which they backed up by getting beat down in Houston and Dallas. Then there was the 71-point effort in Memphis which nullified a nice home win over the Bulls. I'd even say the Pacers were dancing on that stone floor on Friday night in Washington as the Pacesr failed to score 80 points, again and the Wizards controlled the game from the tip.

For some reason, the afternoon loss in Cleveland had Frank Vogel and his teammates openly discussing their low level of play and frustration with their inability to improve.

"We're playing against ourselves right now," Vogel said. "It's a level of play that we're trying to reach that we're not close to where we need to be."

And now they host the Spurs who are so good right now, they are riding a 17-game winning streak while prepping for the playoffs.

You have to wonder if there will be some jockeying in the standings to make sure teams matchup with the Pacers. The Bulls and Nets continue to hover in the 4/5 slot, but with the Pacers sliding towards a two seed, they may join the fight for a three seed. Heck, maybe the Spurs will rest their stars in an effort to help the Pacers maintain the top spot in the East just so they have a better chance of taking out Miami.

Unfortunately, champs rarely think like that and at this point, the Spurs are probably begging for a rematch with the Heat to make up for that last-second meltdown in the Finals last year. That's the mindset of a champion.

I just wonder what's going through the collective mind of the Pacers right now. Apparently, they are wondering the same thing.

I talked about all of this and the Spurs game on The Phil Naessens Show. Check it out.

Check out the links:

Pacers at Cavaliers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 76, Cavaliers 90 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS


Postgame: Pacers Locker Room 140330 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Radio Highlights: Pacers 76, Cavaliers 90 | Pacers Blogs

Spurs Nation " Spurs getting the NBA’s most bang for buck

Roy Hibbert 2014 Blood and Bone Marrow Drive | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers hit rock bottom in 90-76 loss to Cleveland - Indy Star

Cleveland Cavaliers gut out tough 90-76 victory over Indiana Pacers, lose Anderson Varejao with shoulder injury |

Pacers coach Frank Vogel still not sure when C Andrew Bynum will return - Indy Star

Final Score: Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Indiana Pacers 90-76 - Fear The Sword

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs @ Indiana Pacers - Pounding The Rock

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Stink Up Quicken Loans Arena - 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Mr. Pacer: Passive Pacers can't push right buttons right now