Pacer fans probably don’t want to take a look at this week’s ESPN Power Rankings as it saw the team fall from fourth to fifteenth. That is quite the jump, but after those two bad losses to the Knicks, not a surprising fall. Danny Granger didn’t help matters with his quote about the Knicks, and those two losses luckily didn’t hurt too much the Pacers in the regular standings as they are still sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
You have the power rankings indicating that the East holds some power as the Bulls and Heat tied for first place, followed by a Spurs team, who many people are performing better than expected. The Magic are the only other Eastern Conference team, so maybe the East isn’t as strong as I first mentioned. But Miami and Chicago do show what they can do by the records they have.
The West has a strong presence in those power rankings as the Thunder, the Lakers, the Nuggets, the Grizzlies, the Mavericks and even the Clippers make an appearance in the top ten. Who would have thought the Clippers would be making this type of noise, but after getting Chris Paul, someone who can make so many plays, excellence should become expected.
Some teams right in the middle of the power rankings are teams the Pacers will have to fight against in the Eastern Conference as the Hawks and 76ers are right there. The Knicks moved up a few spots. The Celtics are right below the Knicks, two teams battling in the final two spots of the East for the playoffs.
Some of the cellar teams include the Cavs, the Raptors, the Wizards, and the lowly Bobcats, who have not recorded double digit wins, they’re still sitting at seven wins for the season. Maybe the Pacers can play all their games against the Bobcats.
In this last months of the season, I can’t envision much change, maybe the Pacers get back into the top ten, like I believe they can be. The way the Knicks are playing, maybe they sneak into that top ten. I think Miami and Chicago will battle each other for the top spot, and the Spurs should be right up there with them. Should be an entertaining final quarter of the season.