Roy Hibbert dominated in a win over Los Angeles on Monday (Getty Images)
The Indiana Pacers are rolling. The team is soon to win the Central Division for the first time since 2004, the squad continues to churn out a devastating defensive attack, and coach Frank Vogel’s crew is back home in Indiana after an impressive road trip that saw the Pacers take games against the Rockets, Mavericks, Suns and Clippers in six days. The team has won eight of nine, only losing in a one-possession game on the road to the Bulls on the second night of a back to back.
And in anticipation of what could be a statement game, Indiana has three days “off” between Monday’s win over the Clippers and Friday’s home matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder, just a game in back of the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the West, smell blood in the water with Spurs guard Manu Ginobili out for at least the rest of the regular season. And though the Pacers are playing fantastic ball of late, the team is still tied for the second seed in the because of the New York Knicks’ impressive nine-game winning streak.
Needless to say, it’s a huge game. To everyone but ESPN, we should point out, who decided to dump the game in order to telecast Friday’s Miami Heat/Charlotte Bobcats contest; clinging to that telecast even though the Heat’s streak ended one week ago.
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