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    Aside from the somewhat confounding fact that they are decent in the first place, the Indiana Pacers are a confusing team. They lose to the Kings and Pistons, they beat the Celtics and Bulls. Roy Hibbert has an excellent first three months of the season, disappears in January, only to have a great February and March. Whatever’s going on with T.J. Ford is happening.

    Basically, the Pacers are befuddling. Us youngsters can’t really comprehend everything that’s going on and it’s going to be years before we really understand what makes them tick. Just ask Danny Granger. From the Indy Star:

    “When I’m old and gray, I’m going to look back and wonder what was wrong with us, why we couldn’t beat teams like Sacramento and Detroit, but we can beat Boston and Chicago,” Pacers forward Danny Granger said. “I don’t know. We’re going to have to figure it out at some point.”

    As your mom no doubt told you when you were growing up, “You’ll get it when you’re older.” That goes for why you have to go to bed early, the benefits of eating ruf***e and how the Pacers are able to beat good teams but not bad teams down the stretch.

    Since the All-Star break, the Pacers have lost to the Timberwolves, Raptors, Kings and Pistons while beating the Knicks (twice), Bulls and Celtics. That’s basically the exact opposite of what you’d expect from an eighth place playoff team in the Eastern Conference. Not that those sort of teams are paragons of consistency, but c’mon. Get it together, guys.

    That being said, according to 82games, the Pacers are 18-4 against teams that are considered “poor” from a net points standpoint, while winning just six of 23 against teams ranked “good” in that same category. That makes a lot of sense, as does the fact that they are 23-13 against teams with losing records this season. We call that “taking care of business” because we are all huge Bachman-Turner Overdrive fans.

    Nonetheless, over the last couple of months, the Pacers have been maddeningly inconsistent, which I think is what Granger is getting at. That’s the sort of thing that’ll turn your hair grey.
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    That being said, according to 82games, the Pacers are 18-4 against teams that are considered “poor” from a net points standpoint, while winning just six of 23 against teams ranked “good” in that same category. That makes a lot of sense, as does the fact that they are 23-13 against teams with losing records this season. We call that “taking care of business” because we are all huge Bachman-Turner Overdrive fans.
    How does this explain beating Chicago/Boston, yet losing to Sac/Detroit ?
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    How does this explain beating Chicago/Boston, yet losing to Sac/Detroit ?

    it doesn't at all.

    Pretty easy to explain the wins against the Bulls and Celtics. Both of those two teams were coming off back to backs, neither played up to their usual standard of defense, and the Celtics have not played well overall in the past two weeks. The Pacers played well in those two games especially offensively. Add all that together and the pacers won each game - not that surprising considering that both games were at Conseco.

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    When the Pacers shoot the ball well they win. When they don't, they lose. They are a live by the shot, die by the shot sort of team right now. As long as they have 3 starters that are bringing it on the offensive end of the floor the rest of the team's efforts are usually good enough to carry them to victory.

    The Lakers have lost to the Cavs and Bobcats - teams that the Pacers have swept this season. Good teams sometimes play down to the level of opponent they are facing and sometimes weak teams catch fire at the right moment to pull an upset. We don't need to over think this.
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    As the Pacers offense goes so goes their defensive intensity

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