Very important! We need to win 4 out of the last 7 games. The biggest games being Milwaukee and New York.
Must win. Both the Bobcats and Bucks have games they're expected to win. We have to beat the teams we're suppose to be from here on out, with only 7 games left, there's really no room for error, and we can no longer count on the Bobcats and Bucks losing
It is really a must win. If we look at the team standings, both Indiana and Charlotte have 42 losses. If we lose the next game, then that is trouble for the Pacers because they will now depend on the Bobcats losing their next game, which is troubloesome right now because they are on a winning streak. Right now we have the lead because we have played more than them. We should not depend on the Bobcats losing to make the playoffs. The Pacers must depend on themselves to reach the playoffs by winning most, if not all, of the remaining games.
So important it needs two threads
More important than Game 6 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals.
It would be nice to get a "W", but the game is not a must win. Detroit has played the Pacers very well all season. They may just have Indy's number this year and beat them 3 out of 4.
I am not worried about the Bucks. I am not worried about Charlotte. Only Indy can eliminate itself from the playoffs & I believe the Pacers are playoff bound.
Bucks game Friday is the biggest game of the year. CHA plays Orlando that night. If you beat the Bucks, even if you tread water tonight, you'll go into Sundays game with 5 games left and a 4 game lead on the Bucks (3 plus the division tie breaker) and a 2 game lead on CHA (1, plus the tie breaker).
If you win tonight, its a big step, if you win Friday, you'll essentially eliminate Milwaukee, completely.
Friday is the first HUGE game for the Pacers in April in several years.
Lets win this one and inch closer to the Knicks. Our playoff road as a 7th seed is much more appealing IMO. Boston's looking old (even for them) as of late and should have chemistry issues trying to incorpate Shaq and JO. Looking at the 2nd round we match up well against the Heat. Mostly because their bench has to be one of the weakest I can remember...
Pacers can no longer count on those teams immediately below them to lose and retain their 8th seed standing. They must win atleast 7 of their remaining games and hope the Bobcats and Bucks lose a few in order to secure the 8th seed. Anything less puts their playoff hopes in jeapordy.
They're all very important.
Here's a very good breakdown of the Pistons/Pacers game tonight. There are a few interesting stats regarding the Pacers that were new to me.
According to the article, the Pacers are 0-22 when they score less than 92 points.
If the Pacers don't score or shoot the ball well they most likely will lose again tonight. They need the starters to play well and score early and often.
Limiting turnovers and moving the ball around to get easy shots (assists) will be a key to victory not just tonight but in each of their remaining 7 games.
That is a crazy stat!!!!!
That puts them at 33-20 when scoring over 92 points.
Shows how scoring impacts the rest of their game, I think. Makes me want defenders even more. Guys who will bring it rather they get to do the fun stuff or not.
How much smack is Tayshaun going to talk with his Kentucky Wildcats still in the dance?
That supports my previously unproven theory that the Pacers really, really, strugle against teams that play very well defensively. (yes I know we just beat the Celtics and Bulls, but they didn;t play defense very well in those games)
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I'm going to take a guess and say that EVERY remaining game until we reach 82 total is important. Besides draft position (which, at this point, doesn't matter), there is no reason why every last game shouldn't be must-win. We have to keep ahead of the Bobcats and Bucks, and in the rare case that either of them get hot, we need to have plenty of buffer to keep ourselves in the race.
True. But is seems to me that other teams at our level can fight through an opponents great defense better than we can - either they play defense really well themselves and win the 85-82 game or they find a way. Pacers it seems to me crumble under the defensive pressure and it affects their own defense.
Maybe I'm wrong
Our season has been one of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows...
A win tonight will show that our guys actually MEAN it when they say that we need to be more consistent and play better against opponents of ALL types.
We cannot afford another low this season, last week's losses almost did us in... Can't happen again.
We don't need to win out, but we certainly cannot drop more than a 2-3 at MOST.
Very, VERY important game tonight. For both our standings positioning and our confidence as a team looking to make the playoffs together for the first time.