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    Default Pacers have moved up to 6th on USA Todays Power rankings

    I rarely give these type of rankings a moments thought. But this caught my attention. Pacers are the 6th best team according to David Dupree and the best team in the east.


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    A look at the week that was and the week ahead in the NBA:
    Team of the week

    Charlotte Bobcats: They won three of four games last week, losing only at Cleveland. The Bobcats won at Denver, and beat New York and Golden State at home. Small forward Gerald Wallace was the mainstay, averaging 26.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots and 2.0 steals. "It's great that my production is helping us win," Wallace said. "We're feeding into the aspect of us potentially as a playoff team." The Bobcats entered this week only four games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    Stepping up

    Dwyane Wade, Miami: Wade averaged 33.7 points, 7.3 assists and 6.0 rebounds in leading the Heat to three straight wins.

    Mehmet Okur, Utah: Okur was a major contributor in two critical games. He had 29 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's win at Phoenix and 31 points and 11 rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

    Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers: Brand averaged 24.7 points, 11.7 rebounds. 3.3 blocked shots and converted on 58.5% of his shots as the Clippers won three straight to get to two games above .500.

    Thrills, spills and chills

    Boston bumbling: The Celtics have lost a franchise record 14 games in a row after a dismal 0-4 week that saw them fall to Washington, the L.A. Lakers and Clippers at home, and to Indiana on the road. "The plan is to stick together," said pivotman Al Jefferson, who averaged 13.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in last week's losses. "We've got to stick together regardless of how bad it gets. We can't start turning on each other or pointing fingers at each other. The only reason we should be mad about anything right now is we should be mad about losing." Forward Ryan Gomes, who averaged 18.0 points and shot 63.5% for the week, said the losses are starting to get to the team. Boston's last win came Jan. 5 at Memphis. The Celtics will play at Detroit on Tuesday and host Miami on Wednesday.

    Magic relief: Orlando fans contributed $12,500 before Friday's game against the New Jersey Nets, and the Magic matched it for a total of $25,000 to aid victims of the severe tornado that killed 19 people earlier Friday in an area north of the city. The Magic held a similar fundraiser Saturday before their game against the New York Knicks. All money collected was to be sent to the Orlando chapter of the American Red Cross for distribution to families affected by the storm.

    Not in our house: The Denver Nuggets lost in Sacramento's Arco Arena for the 20th consecutive time on Saturday ? the longest current road losing streak against one opponent in the league. Kings assistant coach Scott Brooks led Sacramento to the victory in his first game running the team in place of head coach Eric Musselman, who was serving a two-game suspension for driving under the influence.

    One-liner: Pau Gasol of Memphis showed Monday in a 124-117 win against Sacramento why practically every team in the league has called the Grizzlies since he said he wanted to be traded. Gasol's line:

    Min FG M-A 3FG M-A FT M-A Reb Ast Blk PF Pts.

    38 14-17 0-0 6-6 8 1 8 1 34



    This week's big game

    Houston at Dallas: The Texas powers go at it again Friday. They are 1-1 against each other this season and will play their last regular-season game against each other just before the NBA All-Star break.

    This week's best matchups

    Dwyane Wade vs. LeBron James: The good friends square off for the second time in two weeks Friday at Cleveland. Wade had 41 points and James, nursing a sore toe, had only 17 in the Heat's 92-89 win last Thursday at Miami. (8 ET, ESPN).

    Chris Bosh vs. Dwight Howard: The Eastern Conference's two best young big men will test each other Wednesday when Orlando visits Toronto. Bosh is averaging 22.7 points and 10.8 rebounds; Howard 16.8 points and 12.0 rebounds.

    USA TODAY Top 10

    (through Saturday's games; last week's ranking in parentheses)

    1. Dallas (1): One-point wins against Memphis and Minnesota capped off another undefeated week. The Mavericks can rest until a Wednesday rematch with the Grizzlies.

    2. Phoenix (2): The Suns had a 10-game home winning streak ended by Utah on Saturday and have lost two of three.

    3. Utah (-): The Jazz have handed the Suns three of their 10 losses this season.

    4. Houston (5): The Rockets' athleticism is showing with a more wide-open style while Yao Ming is out.

    5. San Antonio (3): The Spurs are still looking for someone other than Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker to be consistently effective.

    6. Indiana (-): Jermaine O'Neal averaged 24.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in a 3-0 week.

    7. Los Angeles Lakers (8): Kobe Bryant averaged 34.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists in three games (two of them victories) after serving a one-game suspension in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.

    8. Washington (4): The Wizards are playing small ball with Jarvis Hayes starting for injured forward Antawn Jamison.

    9. Chicago (6): Luol Deng averaged 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in back-to-back road wins at Seattle on Friday and Portland on Saturday.

    10. Detroit (7): The Pistons have a tell-tale five-game home stand leading up the all-star break. It begins Tuesday against Boston.

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    The new team is 7-2 I believe, and that's with Murphy and Quis missing some time. The two loses - the first game together, a 2 point loss vs the Knicks, and a single-digit loss in Detroit where I believe we had a lead midway through the 4th.

    Highest ranked team in the East by the way. if JO can keep playing at this level and we make it to a top-3 record in the East, he could be a top-5 MVP candidate.

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    I think if you took a poll in the city of Indianapolis, and asked those people who identify themselves as sports fans questions about the Pacers.

    Such as:

    Without looking it up are the Pacers above or below .500. I bet well over 50% would say below .500.

    if you asked them how many games are the Pacers out of being the top seed in the eastern conference - more than 6 games or 6 games or less. I bet 75% would say more than 6 games.

    Not sure I have a real point here except to say I don't think people are following the Pacers.

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    I think if you took a poll in the city of Indianapolis, and asked those people who identify themselves as sports fans questions about the Pacers.

    Such as:

    Without looking it up are the Pacers above or below .500. I bet well over 50% would say below .500.

    if you asked them how many games are the Pacers out of being the top seed in the eastern conference - more than 6 games or 6 games or less. I bet 75% would say more than 6 games.

    Not sure I have a real point here except to say I don't think people are following the Pacers.
    Haha...I know what you're saying...it's even worse for us out-of-towners because NOBODY knows a damn thing about the team. And national coverage of the Pacers is poor at best! I don't think Sportscenter gives the team more than 45 seconds of highlights - even the 8 person trade wasn't given that much coverage (at least in my opinion).

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    Haha...I know what you're saying...it's even worse for us out-of-towners because NOBODY knows a damn thing about the team. And national coverage of the Pacers is poor at best! I don't think Sportscenter gives the team more than 45 seconds of highlights - even the 8 person trade wasn't given that much coverage (at least in my opinion).

    Don't feel bad because for the past 3 weeks (excluding the day of the trade and the day after the trade) there hasn't been any coverage of the Pacers here in indy either.

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    Don't feel bad because for the past 3 weeks (excluding the day of the trade and the day after the trade) there hasn't been any coverage of the Pacers here in indy either.
    I think that's about to change. Once the superbowl victory becomes yesterday's news, I think the hometown fans are going to look up and realize that they've got a Pacers team that is starting to make some noise in the East. I'm very optimistic about this team. Not only for the fact that they are clearly starting to come together as a team, but are doing it in a way that's going to bring the fans back, which I still feel are some of the best in all of professional sports.

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    I have always had this thought that my 3 favorite teams could hold a championship at one time.

    Colts, Pacers, Cubs....i never made the bet, but always wanted to do a parlay card in vegas for 10 for all 3 to have championship at the same time.

    Well the Colts have a part of that now, Pacers are playing better. Do i say they will be champs, no but who knows. Since the trade they have played pretty well. Even though I do think the teams in the west are alot better, right now you can get the pacers 46 to 1. Probably the best you will get them at the rest of the year.

    The Cubs are 9 to 1, pretty low considering they didnt even make the playoffs last season.

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    I have always had this thought that my 3 favorite teams could hold a championship at one time.

    Colts, Pacers, Cubs....i never made the bet, but always wanted to do a parlay card in vegas for 10 for all 3 to have championship at the same time.

    Well the Colts have a part of that now, Pacers are playing better. Do i say they will be champs, no but who knows. Since the trade they have played pretty well. Even though I do think the teams in the west are alot better, right now you can get the pacers 46 to 1. Probably the best you will get them at the rest of the year.

    The Cubs are 9 to 1, pretty low considering they didnt even make the playoffs last season.

    at the start of the season the over/under on season wins was 44.5. i was so close to putting down some money on the over - wish i would have now. the way we are playing since the trade, we could easily end up with 47-50 wins.

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    Hey thanks, Buck.

    I think it is good to see us rising in the Power Rankings. We are 9 on ESPN. But, really all I care about right now is that we beat GS tonight. We have a real chance to improve our record in the Central.
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    Hopefully we get some of that COLTS juice and play with pride tonight!
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    I think Marc Stein's rankings are a little more accurate. We're 9th and 3rd in the East behind the Bulls and Pistons. The Pistons have to be in front of us, to be fair. They beat both us and Cavs.

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    I don't know about you guys...but I like Indy's chances of making a BCS bowl.

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    I agree the Pistons should be in front of us. But I think you could make a strong case for the Pacers as the second best team in the east. Of course you could say the exact same thing about the Wizards, Cavs, Bulls and even the Heat. I still think by late May the Heat and Pistons should be the two best teams in the east and they should be playing in the ECF. But the Heat might have to play the Pistons prior to the ECF with their poor record.

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    Marc Stein has us 9 in his ESPN ranking and as the third best team in the East directly behind the Pistons and Bulls.

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    Well I didn't agree with it before the GS game and I still don't. They MUST win all these home games with modest West teams on road trips.

    WSH is clearly much better than the Pacers and it's a total joke to rank the Pacers ahead of them. Seriously. Watch some games besides the Pacers. The Cavs aren't consistant, but they are still a bit better than Indy. Chicago, Detroit, also better.

    Toronto lost in Indy (as did CHI), but Toronto is the hotter team and deserves more credit. I thought they'd get over .500 to finish the year. They are already there and about to pass the Pacers for a legit higher seed (not just due to the division lead). Indy lost in Toronto earlier this year and I'm not sure they wouldn't lose again in TOR.

    MIA had the Pacers beat and choked away their 13 point lead going into the 4th.


    So yeah, Pacers rated that high overall is laughable to me. You didn't see me crying about lottery and how they stunk, etc back when things were a little worse and you won't hear me jumping to the other extreme now. A 45 win team is not ever going to be the 6th best team in the NBA.

    Go 6-3 in March (any portion), then I'll listen.

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    bump

    see what I was talking about

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    And again. Except 45 wins is pushing it now.

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