The wheeling and deadline of today’s trade deadline has passed, and all the dust settled. Guess what, not a lot of things happened. Sure, some pieces were moved. But did anything really change the course of a team? I don’t think so. That’s why I am not surprised at the Indiana Pacers just stayed pat and went on with their business today. Sure they could have made a move for J.J. Redick or Kyle Korver, but those were probably rental pieces, and when you have the pieces you need to keep around like David West, then you don’t need to make any moves. Especially with the way that all the pieces of this Pacers team worked together last night to get that win against the New York Knicks, there was no need to be part of this lackluster trade day.
This Pacers team has the tools to contend in the Eastern Conference. They really showed last night that when all things click, they can be right up there in domination. Look how good New York had been, now lately, they’ve been bad, but I don’t think anyone saw the beat down coming that Indiana put together. I was expecting low scoring and single digit win either way. I could have forseen the Pacers giving up a late lead after the week long layoff. But this team didn’t wilter, and really had the wheels turning. Just imagine if that happens in the playoffs against Miami, you think Miami could stop the Pacers the way they performed last night. If you want stats, how about this? Indiana is 2-0 against Miami. Regular season or not, that’s good. That’s putting the confidence together to go a playoff series with them if it comes to that.
The Pacers will get back Danny Granger tomorrow night, at least that’s the plan. They’ll have two games against the Detroit Pistons, who aren’t any good, so it’s important to take care of business there. Then come two last home games this month against the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. If the defense can stick together like it has, those should be good games for the Pacers to pick up quality wins. This season hasn’t had many signature wins, but I think enough of them already that people are starting to take notice. You finish up the month strong and go into March ready to take that #2 spot in the East and win the division. That’s why this team didn’t make any moves. The pieces are there, now things just need to continue to click.