In an effort to get the discussion back to basketball - Today I was looking at the eastern conference standings and noticed the Pacers have the 4th best record in the east and more importantly they have the 4th best road record in the east. I've also heard Jim O'Brien a couple of times in the past week talk about the goal of getting the 4th seed and first round home court advantage.
Looking at the east overall, I'm not ready to say that the Magic are a 55 win team. They've had a recent history of starting the season fast and then struggling. Magic are good, but I wouldn't be surprised if they fail to win 50 games.
The Cavs will clearly start to win games when James gets back into the lineup.
The Celtics I see winning close to 60 games., The Pistons will win around 55 games.
Other than those 3 or 4 teams I see the pacers being better than any of the other teams. And if you look at the pacers next 14 games. If they can continue to play like they have the past two weeks, I can see the Pacers going 10-4 or maybe 11-3 - I really can.
So the 4th seed is within reach. Sure they are a couple of injuries away from falling apart, and who knows if the Saturday night Tinsley incident will have any effect on the team - but right now the pacers look like the 4th best team in the east. 5th best at the worst.