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    Default Pacers showing a sign of emotion/fire - or just a good talk?

    Those fans hoping the Pacers finish poorly and keep the first-round draft pick they get if they "earn" one of the top 10 selections will be disappointed to know the players have no such plans.

    They're aware the franchise has reached the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons and 16 of the past 17 and don't want to be the group that breaks form.

    They have home games on Sunday against Chicago and Tuesday against Cleveland, then follow with crucial games at New Jersey and Orlando.

    "We're in a fight for a playoff spot," Granger said. "Every game has to have that playoff intensity. If we take that approach, we'll come out on top. We definitely don't want to be that team that ends (the playoff) streak. Regardless of what's been going on this year, we don't want to end that streak."
    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl.../1062/SPORTS04

    If they really mean it - then it would definitely be interesting to see how they react and whether or not they would be capable of pulling it out with their backs against the walls....these are the types of scenarios that identifies a team's character...lets see what this group of players have...

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    Default Re: Pacers showing a sign of emotion/fire - or just a good talk?

    Well, Granger makes it sound as if they at least have some pride. There's been lip service to the need for more, better, and consitent effort and intensity whenever there's been a win since the ASB seems to me. Just that it hasn't happend all to often the last 15 games or so. So we'll see if they can put their money where their mouth is.

    Last night we played good and they played bad. Can we play equally as good in the face of a stronger opponent effort? Or even a stronger effort from a stronger opponent no less? If they do in fact pull it off at least it will give some modicum of hope at the end of an otherwise utterly hopeless campaign. The best thing about the big win was getting good minutes for the young guys.

    That needs to continue IMO under all circumstances the remainder of this season both for development and potential off-season decisions.

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    It's crazy and I know they're not going to be winning an NBA championship but they might put a run together during these last few games and really push into the playoffs kind of like the colts just caught everyone by surprise, including the fans.

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    Default Re: Pacers showing a sign of emotion/fire - or just a good talk?

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    It's crazy and I know they're not going to be winning an NBA championship but they might put a run together during these last few games and really push into the playoffs kind of like the colts just caught everyone by surprise, including the fans.

    The Colts' defense caught everyone by surprise with their sudden resurgence and rising but the Colts always had a shot at going deep in the playoffs and even getting to the SB (and the coaches kept telling us they could fix the defense). The Colts were always capable of getting in a shootout, matching scores, and coming out on top with their offense. But more times than not the magic runs out when you are relying on shootouts alone to carry you.

    But the Pacers don't have a potent offense to rely upon, nor a stifling defense. They don't have an unstoppable 'go to' player nor a 'shut-down' defender. Their confidence is shaky at best. Our go-to player is anything but unstoppable and the fact that we go to him as much as we do stops the rest of our offense from ever doing much more than sputtering.

    And the NBA Playoffs aren't about one and done. It's a series. The best team will prevail.

    Last night's game was nice but Miami has too many excuses to really expect it to mean much overall. All it really meant is that the next few teams won't take us as lightly as they once might've.

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