It’s all about timing in the NBA, and with this schedule, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic showed up at the best time for the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers pick up two wins in two nights, and really impressive wins at that. They put the clamps on defensively and wer able to get some production out of the bench. Two areas that were some concern for the team. It’s still hard to tell where this team is at right now when you consider that competition. But just like a college team, you play out your schedule. We could have seen the same dull Pacers team we had seen in the two games before this, but that wasn’t evident at all.
How about the fact that David West was out for these two games as well? Who stepped up in his place, Tyler Hansbrough. Now I am not about to say that Hansbrough should get the starting role over David West, as I know how important West is to this team. But maybe Hansbrough should log in some more minute so he can get into a rhythm like he has been. I hope this doesn’t mean that he won’t revert to some lack of confidence in his jump shot like he had shown. Hansbrough is just as important piece of the Pacers as well, but he needs to perform like he has in the past two games. Such a small sample set, but still important enough to look at.
Also, look at how well Gerald Green has played over the past two games. Who got in his ear and said, hey time to make a leap, and not just leap to make a dunk. He’s hit for almost 50% and made 20 and 15 points in the two games. Quite a leap from his dismal 2 or 3 points he’s been averaging. If he can keep that up and Hansbrough keeps his end up, the bench should be plenty more productive.
The defense resembles what we have seen before as well. How about 12 points allowed in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic last night, and that was after playing the night before. They allow 90 points to the Cavs, which has been a staple for the defense as well. 90 points are less and it’s usually a Pacers win.
But now this has to continue with only a short number of games to go. 2 is the magic number to clinch a playoff birth. 5 game lead in the division, which should be locked up hopefully soon. 1.5 games up in the Conference for the second spot. 14 games left to make that playoff push. 14 games to fine tune this machine humming along. 14 games till the second season starts. Where did this season go?