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Recently uncovered evidence suggests winning time is on its way to BLF.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

As you all very well know, the Pacers are coming off a dreadful stretch of basketball in which they bumbled their way to a 7-13 record from December 19th to January 26th. Two consecutive wins against the Hawks and Nuggets have helped to re-sweeten the scent, but there's still a strong stench of Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda surrounding the Blue and Gold's recent performance.

You can point to several reasons why the losses have piled up: late-game miscues, a below-average Paul George, injuries and absences, and an unsettled playing rotation just to name a few.

But guess what? Help is on the way.

It's probably not the kind of help you're expecting, however. I doubt there's an Aggression Pill in the offing for George Hill, or a pair of Flubber injections for Paul George's wobbly legs, or an Auto-20 milkshake for Monta Ellis. What's that, you say? Myles Turner will save the day? Sure, his increased role may continue to provide a boost, but what happens as the minutes keep ticking, the games keep piling up, and the defenses zero in? It'd be unfair to expect the 19-year-old to maintain his current production for the rest of the season, as it would be to do so for any other rookie big not named Tim Duncan.

What I'm talking about is help of the February variety. Yes, that February, the month of Love, Presidents, Black History, and coincidentally ... Bird-Feeding (seriously).

Why February? Since Frank Vogel's first full season as head coach (2011-2012), good ol' Feb happens to be the Pacers' most successful month:

2011-2016: Monthly W/L

Oct/Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

W/L

41-24

33-29

42-35

33-14

35-32

24-13

Win %

0.631

0.532

0.545

0.702

0.522

0.649

So what is it about February that turns the Pacers from playoff question marks into playoff contenders? Is it the All-Star Break reset? Trade deadline help? A prick of Cupid's arrow, perhaps? Who knows for sure, but one factor is undoubtedly the league's propensity to schedule Indy a glut home games:

2011-2016: Monthly H/R

Oct/Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Home %

0.492

0.468

0.403

0.659

0.478

0.568

Road %

0.508

0.532

0.597

0.340

0.522

0.432

February 2016 doesn't present quite the same home disparity as seasons' past, but it's a home friendly month, nonetheless, as the Pacers will play seven games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse compared to six on the road. Add in the fact that only six of those 13 are against teams with a winning record, and, well, you see the winning potential.

So, there you have it. February: the Eight Points in Eight Seconds of NBA months for Vogel and the Pacers. And after The Boss' lukewarm endorsement of the present-day club, now would be a good time to keep the win-in-Feb tradition going ... aka feed that Bird, Larry.

February Schedule:

Date

OPP

TIME (EST)

Mon 1

CLE

7:00

Wed 3

@BKN

7:30

Fri 5

@ATL

7:00

Sat 6

DET

7:00

Mon 8

LAL

7:00

Wed 10

CHA

7:00

Fri 19

@OKC

8:00

Sun 21

@ORL

6:00

Mon 22

@MIA

7:30

Wed 24

NY

7:00

Fri 26

CHA

7:00

Sun 28

POR

6:00

Mon 29

@CLE

7:00