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NBA standings update: Pacers doing better on days off than game days

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After losing five consecutive games the Pacers are more concerned with winning one game, but after Miami, Boston and Milwaukee lost on Sunday, the playoff race remains tight.

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The Hornets beat the Timberwolves on Sunday evening and the win was enough for Charlotte to leap frog Indiana and Boston to take over the eighth spot in the East.

The Pacers sat idle on Sunday and enjoyed seeing the Heat and Celtics lose which takes a bit of the sting away from five consecutive losses which in a reasonably normal season would bury the playoff hopes of a team battling for the final spot. Instead the Pacers are a half game out of the eighth spot and just two games out of the seventh spot.

Unfortunately, life doesn't get any easier for the Pacers with James Harden and the Rockets at the Fieldhouse on Monday night. BLF has been a house of horrors for Harden throughout his career but this time the frightening defense of Paul George won't be around to hound Harden.

The Pacers defense hasn't looked too good of late, so thinking about the damage Harden could do in the Fieldhouse is scary, but the Pacers will have to win a few more games to make the playoffs. Is tonight the night they turn things around?

Rodney Stuckey is still tending to a sore calf so his availability is doubtful which is yet another problem for the Pacers. Maybe they should suit up Paul George just to spook Harden before the game.

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Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Rockets | Indiana Pacers

Time dwindling for Pacers to save season | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Pacers' skid grows to 5 in a row with loss to Nets

Rockets report: Reliance on Harden's scoring a concern - Houston Chronicle

Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers game preview - The Dream Shake

Indiana Pacers: Why They Shouldn't Make The Playoffs - Ink on Indy

Good morning. So long, Steve Nash. - SBNation.com