What a week for the Indiana Pacers. They won three games this week all by double figures and all scoring over 100 points. That’s four straight wins. That’s 20 wins of 10 or more. That’s 3.5 games ahead of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, which is the bigger battle to watch as the division lead has ballooned to 13 games. Just think about that, a 13 game lead on the division! Pretty soon, we’ll be hearing what the magic number is to clinch the division. Something with some great math skills figure that one out.
But even better, the Pacers have shown what a team they are at home. 21-1 at home with just that lone loss to the Detroit Pistons. That’s the whole reasoning behind getting home court advantage for the Indiana Pacers. They have that edge over teams there.
Even beating Western Conference teams at home by an average of 20 points. To me, that’s unheard of most days. This is truly a team on a mission, and it’s thanks in part to some standout performances by Mr. MVP, Paul George.
Paul George saved his best for last as last night he put on a whole going for 36 points in a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pacers were without David West in that second half due to an ejection after a swinging elbow. But George made up for it, and was his usual second half self.
It’s crazy to see how much stronger he gets in that second half. The Pacers as a team as just a better team there. I think at one point I saw the stat that the Pacers have outscored opponents in the second half by 200 points. Just need to keep that going as we approach the second half of the season.
This is shaping up to quite a season for the Indiana Pacers and this week might have been one of the best weeks the Pacers have put together. Defense and offense looked to be both at their strongest. We all know the defense is the bread of this team, but the offense is becoming that butter that you place on top of the bread. The offense has really looked to be in a better gear thanks to Danny Granger coming back.
Guys are sharing the ball as was evident with David West giving up a pass to Lance Stephenson even with a wide open layup. You think that happens on other teams? That’s why this Pacers team has the chance to do something special this season. Let’s get this second half of the season underway and see where they go.