Saturday, December 30, 2006

Waiting on the Pacers vs. Bobcats

The Pacers are looking to put a three game win streak together tonight, realizing last night's sweet W at the Palace will turn bland if they follow it up with a loss against the Bobcats.
"Truthfully, it's only a big win if we can sustain it," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said of Friday's victory. "This has been a situation that has been our nemesis for three years. Two steps forward and one step back. If we're going to be a team that's going to challenge anybody in the East, we have to perform with consistency and with professionalism and we have to win games we're supposed to win. That's not to take anything away from Charlotte, because they are a good team and they compete hard. (Tonight) will tell a lot."
We've been hearing similar comments from the players and coaches for a few weeks now, so if admitting you have a problem is step one, the Pacers are ready to overcome the demons.

I hate to look past the next game on the schedule (see quote above), but the Pacers have a favorable schedule over the next five games. After the Bobcats they go to Dallas (not so favorable) but then have the Hornets, Hawks, and Celtics, so winning four out of the next five is certainly plausible. Now the Pacers just need to back up their words with Ws on the court.

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