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    I've watched enough Pacer basketball since 1992. This team this year is a legit title contender. They are destroying the East right now. They protect there home court. They have plenty of time to get the #1 seed and honestly, I dont think anyone is beating Indy if they have home court advantage in the East. There is going to be those people who are conditioned to think that because Wade and Bron are on the Heat, they are the favorites no matter what, but it has become very clear. Indiana is a dominant team. This performance against the Sixers was as dominant as i've seen from any team this year, considering the circumstances. I am so impressed. This team has a serious chance to win a title right now. Come back Danny. Lets do this ****!

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    i agree with you, I think we are title contenders, the challenge is getting the #1 seed from Miami, because we are a juggernaut at home, getting Danny back will be a huge boost and hopefully we can get the 1 seed

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    There's no way they can win the East if they don't quickly get Danny back playing at a high level. And even then that would be really tough.
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    There's no way they can win the East if they don't quickly get Danny back playing at a high level. And even then that would be really tough.
    Why?

    We've beaten the Heat TWICE. We've beaten the Bulls TWICE. We've beaten the Knicks and Hawks, not to mention some darn good WC teams.

    Need I go on?

    "There's no way"

    Seriously? Yes it would be very difficult. Just as it was very difficult for the Heat to beat US last year.

    But to say there is NO way. Come on now, that's just not true. We've got great opportunity to truly contend this year.

    We've won 15 straight home games, we've had some big road wins lately. What MORE does this team need to do to convince us that they are for real?
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    There's no way they can win the East if they don't quickly get Danny back playing at a high level. And even then that would be really tough.

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    There's no way they can win the East if they don't quickly get Danny back playing at a high level. And even then that would be really tough.
    I don't see why this is necessary. We play great at home. We only have one more road game this month and its at Detroit.

    Frankly we could sweep the month of February the way this team is playing right now. We need granger playing at a high level come March, when we will have swung the other way and have a road heavy schedule for the rest of the season. We need him in the second half of road games, his veteran experience can keep up from faltering in the second half.


    This team is Elite I would agree with you TC. Since our 5-7 start we are what 26-12. Thats freaking impressive. Especially since I think we can all agree we are a bad road team. We match up great with the Heat, and if we can snag that #1 seed from the Heat, they should eliminate the Knicks for us.

    Paul is getting better by the day, and if Roy can keep being such a force we have a real shot to do something special.

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    There's no way they can win the East if they don't quickly get Danny back playing at a high level. And even then that would be really tough.
    Uh, yeah. It's always tough to win your conference.

    I mean, is our position on this team that they can't do things that are tough?
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    I'm just curbing expectations. I just said the other day I think the Pacers are going to make it out of the East. I'm convinced. But I don't think they're going to win the number 1 seed.

    Everyone keeps saying the Heat are struggling as if they're playing bad ball. They aren't. They're playing great ball, and I expect them to win enough to keep the 1 seed. The Pacers have five more losses than the Heat. That's extremely tough to make up.

    that is all.

    We kill the team when they lose, and go overboard when they win. They're playing great right now, but they'll probably continue to do what they have been doing. Win a few, lose one, when a few lose one or two...

    Edit- And I do not think they're better than Miami without Granger. So we're talking about getting Granger back, and THEN hoping they can make up five losses. I hope so. But doubtful.
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    I'm a believer. More importantly--the team believes. You can tell they play with a confidence and a swagger, especially in "bigger" games.

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    I love it. Bird has built this team into an Eastern Conference powerhouse for the next 5 seasons +. With that said I remain cautiously optimistic. A long ways to go before we are hanging a Banner in the Fieldhouse.

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    They're playing with confidence, and starting to figure out things that they'll need to do to be successful in the playoffs. Still need to see more from these guys on the road, though.

    I wouldn't count them out in any scenario, but I also won't be fully confident until they prove they can consistently execute away from home.

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    Why?

    We've beaten the Heat TWICE. We've beaten the Bulls TWICE. We've beaten the Knicks and Hawks, not to mention some darn good WC teams.

    Need I go on?

    "There's no way"

    Seriously? Yes it would be very difficult. Just as it was very difficult for the Heat to beat US last year.

    But to say there is NO way. Come on now, that's just not true. We've got great opportunity to truly contend this year.

    We've won 15 straight home games, we've had some big road wins lately. What MORE does this team need to do to convince us that they are for real?
    we beat the heat yes. but the bulls are without Rose, were without Noah and Hinrich last game. Knicks did not have Melo. These teams are so evenly matched its going to be a dawgfight for whoever advances in the EC. The Pacers are no joke.

    This team is still improving .. which is a good thing because they will have to in order to advance to the ECF and beyond.

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    i'm just gonna say I think they can win it all, but by gosh look how close the East is. I could easily say the Knicks could win it all, Heat could win it all, Chicago could win it all, even Brooklyn could win it all, they certainly have the talent to do it.

    Though I have to say that I think Chicago is actually a paper tiger, I do not think Rose will mesh well with the team this year, they have grown to used to playing a certain way, with incredible ball movement. Rose's return is gonna mean alot of ball watching. Infact I wonder if Rose will re-injury that knee the way he plays.

    This is gonna be one of the best playoffs we have seen in years. Every round is gonna be incredibly close.
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    I'm as big an optimist as any, but without a healthy and effective Danny Granger, and a much more improved and consistent Roy Hibbert, I don't like our chances against Miami. Fortunately, Roy is looking better every game, and Granger should be back before the All-Star break.

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    The Knicks won't win in the playoffs unless they hire a real coach that embraces the three like JOB. Only 35.2% of their shot attempts are threes! Imagine what they could accomplish with Jimmy!

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    Why are we talking about the East? It's the West we should be worried about.

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    Why are we talking about the East? It's the West we should be worried about.
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    I see the Pacers as a second tier contender. I put Miami, OKC and San Antonio in the top tier and the Pacers in the second group along with New York, the Clippers and a few other teams.

    Home court is essential, especially if we're playing the Knicks in the second round. Much rather have four games at home than at MSG.

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