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Upon closer examination of the Pacers??? schedule in the last couple of months, one can notice an intriguing trend: the Pacers are 14-1 when they keep their opponents top scoring 90 points and under.  Once their opponents start scoring higher than 90, however, that when the trouble occurs as the Pacers are just 7-11 and once their opponents hit the 100 mark, forget about it???the Pacers were just 1-4.  Of the 11 teams that Indy allowed to reach to the 90 and got beaten by, the Pacers lost by an average margin of 12 points???six of them were lost by 10 or more points and three of those six were absolute blowouts with an average margin of 17 points.  So given the data available, one can surmise the conclusion that Indiana???s bread and butter has to be from the defensive end and not the offensive end.

When they are able to control the pace of the game, Indiana has a much better chance of winning as they do not take as many shots; however, once Indiana loses control of a game, it is next to impossible for them to reel it back in.  Indy simply does not have the firepower to shoot it out with their opponents and when they fall in that trap and have to come back, they just simply cannot do it.  For them to win, the Pacers need to clamp down on their opponents from the very start preventing them from running on the break because once their opponents start running, Indy will not be able to keep up.  That may mean a lot of trouble for the Pacers come playoff time against open court teams such as the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls, and the Orlando Magic.  For those who doubt the Pacers lack of toughness when it comes to facing up-tempo teams, just look at their performance throughout the month of March.(Click here to finish reading this post and so much more on JT's Hoops Blog)

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