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    Default The 3-0 start and Pacers starting history

    3-0 in JOB's first year as coach (07-08). Ended the year 36-46. They were above .500 as late as 15-14.

    Best NBA start ever for Pacers is 4-0 (twice). They've done 3-0 5 times now in the NBA.

    Best ABA start: 6-0 (70-71), two other years they went 5-0


    Since 89-90 here are the numbers and notes
    3 game start and latest point above .500:

    89-90: 4-0 start, 42-40 (0-3 loss to Detroit)
    90-91: 2-1 start, 41-40 (Versace fired, ended 41-41, classic 5 game series vs Celts when Bird hit face and made dramatic return)

    91-92: 2-1 start, 2-1 (ended 40-42 and quick 0-3 to Celts)
    92-93: 1-2 start, 40-38 (ended 41-41, end of Bob Hill after 4 game loss to Knicks)

    93-94: 0-3 start, 47-35 (classic NYK ECF)
    94-95: 2-1 start, 52-30 (witch is dead, Smits vs Orlando)
    95-96: 3-0 start, 52-30 (Reggie's busted eye socket ends with Hawks playoff upset)
    96-97: 0-3 start, 13-12 (39-43 and the end of Larry Brown/beginning of Jalen Rose)

    97-98: 1-2 start, 58-24 (classic ECF vs Bulls)
    98-99: 2-1 start, 33-17 (4pt play, ugh)
    99-00: 2-1 start, 56-26 (Finals)

    00-01: 1-2 start, 5-4 (ended 41-41 with 7 game win streak near end of season)
    01-02: 2-1 start, 42-40
    02-03: 2-1 start, 48-34 (peaked at 22 games over .500 with 37-15 before Ron meltdown/team collapse)

    03-04: 2-1 start, 61-21
    04-05: 4-0 start, 44-38 (brawl obviously, 7-2 after beating Detroit)
    05-06: 2-1 start, 35-34 (ended 41-41, 10-7 when Ron asks for trade)
    06-07: 2-1 start, 29-28 (ended 36-46, were 20-18 before Murphleavy trade)

    07-08: 3-0 start, 15-14 (ended 36-46)
    08-09: 1-2 start, 4-3 (ended 36-46)
    09-10: 0-3 start, 5-4 (ended 32-50, famous 5 game win streak after 0-3)
    10-11: 2-1 start, 11-10 (ended 37-45, 20-18 under Vogel)



    Obviously the next 2 games are very winnable despite being on the road. Winning them would make for the best NBA start ever by this team and would set up the Miami game as a chance to tie the franchise record.


    On the other hand the history shows how hard it is to start off undefeated and how little it seems to impact the final outcome of the season. Great teams have had poor starts and terrible teams have had good ones.

    Perhaps 2 of the greatest Pacers seasons started off with 1-2 and 0-3 starts (ECF vs NYK and CHI).

    So really, let's get back to the W-L total when we are in late FEB when it actually matters.

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