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    Remember the early season talk of 70 wins?

    Well, at this point, the Pacers would need to go 14-6 just to get to 60 wins, 16-4 to finish with a franchise-best 62-20 record, something that seemed also inevitable earlier in the season.

    The remaining schedule (teams currently with winning records in BOLD):

    @ Dallas
    vs. Boston
    @ Philadelphia
    @ Detroit
    vs. Philadelphia
    @ New York
    vs. Chicago
    @ Memphis
    @ Chicago
    vs. Miami
    @ Washington
    @ Cleveland
    vs. San Antonio
    vs. Detroit
    @ Toronto
    vs. Atlanta
    @ Milwaukee
    @ Miami
    vs. Oklahoma City
    @ Orlando

    There are only 10 "gimmie" games left (not saying we will win all of these, mind you, but we should). So if we want to get to 60-62 wins, we need to turn it around, like, right now. Our margin for error has just gotten very thin.

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    I obviously don't look back on the JO-Artest era with nostalgia, but I have to hand it to that team for winning 61 games. As great as this current team has been this season, it's still going to be very tough for them to hit/pass the 61 win mark. That 2004 team was incredibly dominant and there is no doubt in my mind that we make it to the NBA Finals if Detroit doesn't get Sheed. Sheed was just so damn good, could defend JO well, and gave them a ton of swag. The Pacers dominated the Pistons that year before Sheed arrived.

    I know that JO came in third place in MVP voting, but I'll always say that Artest was the true MVP of that team. It's no coincidence that the best year of that era was the one year in which Artest managed to stay relatively sane throughout the year. I've always wondered just how great that team would have been if they kept Brad Miller. JO's shooting percentage in 02-03 with Miller was 48.4%. When Miller left in 03-04, it sunk to 43.4%. I think that the absence of Miller accounted for that 5% drop. When Miller was here, teams had to respect him and couldn't really double JO. But once Miller was gone, teams obviously weren't going to respect Foster and hence JO got a ton of double teams. That is maybe a 66 win team with Miller.

    Sorry for bringing up topics that have been beaten to death for 10 years. But seeing how this 2014 team will have a difficult time hitting 61 wins makes me appreciate what the 04 team did for that one season, even though I don't like the teams from that era.

    As to the current team, they better get their act together. I think that losing the number 1 seed after controlling it all season would be a crushing mental defeat for them.

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    @ Dallas Win
    vs. Boston Win
    @ Philadelphia Win
    @ Detroit Loss
    vs. Philadelphia Win
    @ New York Win
    vs. Chicago Win
    @ Memphis Loss
    @ Chicago Loss
    vs. Miami Win
    @ Washington Win
    @ Cleveland Win
    vs. San Antonio Loss
    vs. Detroit Win
    @ Toronto Loss
    vs. Atlanta Win
    @ Milwaukee Win
    @ Miami Loss
    vs. Oklahoma City Win
    @ Orlando Win
    14-6 Sounds about right. Don't think that'll be good enough to hang onto the 1 seed either.

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    Default Re: 20 games left...

    We will get to 62-20, mark it down right now, it will happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongTimePacerFan View Post
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    14-6 Sounds about right. Don't think that'll be good enough to hang onto the 1 seed either.
    Loss at Detroit. C'mon man.
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    Loss at Detroit. C'mon man.
    Seeing as how they already won at BLF, it isn't really all that far-fetched.

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    Not that it matters much, but I'm rooting for 62+ wins just because I feel this team is capable of setting our high bar for wins in a season.

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    I stated this in the other thread, but my primary objective would be to get people "right" and well rested. If we gain the #1 seed throughout then great, if not we go into Miami well rested and ready to win a game down there.

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    Loss at Detroit. C'mon man.
    The Pistons are a tough match up for us. They beat us at home and gave us a tough game at the Palace early in the year. They're one of the few teams that can match up to our size and strength with Smith, Drummond, and Monroe. That will not be an easy game.

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    The Pistons are always a scary match-up because they have the potential to play like one of the best teams in the league on any given night. That said, they are 2-9 in their last 11 games.

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    62 wins is very possible. Play Cope, stop benching PG for long stretches in the 2nd qtr, and feed West more and things will be fine

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    Seeing as how they already won at BLF, it isn't really all that far-fetched.
    At the beginning of the season they were playing some pretty decent ball, since then they have pretty much fallen off a cliff. Don't think we would lose to them having even a mediocre night,.
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