After a week of highs and lows for the Indiana Pacers, the team looks ahead to the month of March in hope of starting a winning streak.
That streak could have seen its first win on Saturday night as the Pacers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 at the BMO Harris Center in Wisconsin. Milwaukee currently sits dead last in the NBA standings.
Indiana stares at another sub-.500 opponent Tuesday night when they play host to the Los Angeles Lakers. LA enters Tuesday’s game battling several injuries to key players, including future Hall-of-Famer and NBA idol Kobe Bryant. Bryant is still rehabbing from a knee injury.
Now that it’s stretch time for the Pacers, the drag of the season is mostly over with. Typically, the long road trips, cold-weather climates and back-to-backs can take a lot out of a team.
Thus has been the case for the Indiana Pacers during January and February. For a long while, Indiana had the league’s best record and nobody was close. Since that time, Oklahoma City has claimed the best record, while Miami, the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio and Houston have all caught up.
It’s time for Indiana to regain its focus following a win-loss-win trend mixed in with the trade of longtime Pacer Danny Granger. Granger was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday afternoon for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.
The Pacers are working to mix in the two new faces, as well as a third newbie in Andrew Bynum (acquired via free agency). Three guys have to learn the schemes, develop some familiarity with their new teammates and hit the ground running from there.
Starting Tuesday against the Lakers, the Indiana Pacers have five straight games against teams with losing records. If you include Saturday’s win over the Bucks, it’s six straight favorable matchups.
The weekend of March 7-9, Indiana travels to Texas for games against Houston and Dallas, respectively, before the Pacers have five more contests against sub-.500 clubs.