In the "Are the Pacers tied for the best record" thread from a few weeks ago we also debated the quality of Philly's wins and the ease of their early schedule. At one point I posted the following...
So let's recap how this has gone so far for them starting with their final JAN game:
*vs ORL (win by 5)
vs CHI (win by 16...but no Rose)
vs MIA (loss by 20)
*@ ATL (win by 11)
*vs LA (win by 5)
And then reality started to catch up to them, despite still riding out lots of home games, due to the continued quality of opponents.
vs SA (loss by 10)
vs LAC (loss 1)
Then they got what is close to the end of their breaks.
@ CLE (win by 15)
@ CHA (win by 9)
And then back to NBA opponents instead
@ ORL (loss by 16)
vs DAL (loss by 7)
@ MIN (loss by 1)
@ MEM (loss by 13)
And they go to Houston tomorrow night.
After the AS break ends they continue on the road in Detroit, which isn't as bad coming out of the break. But then they get to go home and play OKC.
And their March HOME games - CHI, BOS, UTH, MIA, NYK, BOS, ATL...their only "light" home games as GS and CLE.
Road games aren't horrible, but they do go to NYK, Pacers, Spurs, and Chicago for the tougher games. This could put them sub-500 for all of FEB and then also all of March, and still heading into an April that is almost nothing but road games.
The Hammer appears ready to stop hurting the Pacers and will now turn this mutha out on the Sixers W-L record. Sounds great to me.