Matt, Valparaiso, IN: The Pacers have beaten nearly ever team in the West with the exception Kings, and they still get them at home. It seems to me that the Pacers are being overlooked as legit title contenders, why is this ?
Marc Stein: Because this group still hasn't won a playoff series together and has to prove itself in the playoffs. And also because they're smaller than they were last year and, at least in my book, they're going to miss Brad Miller in the playoffs.
Adrian (louisville): Hello Marc, You stated that Indiana hasn't won a playoff series together and that is one of the reasons why they are not considered a title contender. Well, neither has Minnesota, but they are considered one of the favorites. Despite there size, they still are very deep and they have Reggie Miller. I think one advantage the Pacers have over teams like the Kings, San Antonio and Minny is that they play defense. I will give you any of those teams and the Pacers will win a 7 game series.
Marc Stein: I say the same thing about the Wolves. Even with Minny's drastic makeover, they're a team that has to prove itself in the playoffs. The Wolves have looked good in Marc before. But I'll take your bet -- I would take Sacto, SA or Minny over Indy in a seven-game.
Randy (Indianapolis): The West is a pick-em at this point, but in the East Indiana has got to be the hands down favorite for the finals. Agree?
Marc Stein: No. There is no hands-down favorite in the East, either. The Nets are the two-time champs and have zero fear of anyone in the East. Detroit is gelling fast and Indy isn't 47-16 by accident. The good news for Indy: Dominating the regular season is going to give them a much easier path to the conference finals. All they have to do is capitalize.