Just when you thought the Pacers would cruise straight to the 2010 lottery, they put together another exhilarating come-from-behind win against a 0.500 (or better) team.
Down 24 points against the Phoenix Suns, just two days after they were down 23 against the Toronto Raptors, the Indiana Pacers somehow found a way to claw their way back for another solid win. 122-114. That's two consecutive wins and a move up to (guess what) the 11th spot in the East with a 13-25 record, and four games out from the eighth and final playoff spot.
Danny Granger (33) and Mike Dunleavy Jr (30) combined for 63 points. And the best part is, both shot better than 50% from the field for once (Granger 11-22, Dunleavy 9-14). Earl Watson had 14 points and 9 assists, but his biggest contribution was probably elbowing Steve Nash's tooth through his lip to take him out of the game for a whole quarter.
As for the Pacers' super sophmores, Hibbert had 14 points off the bench, and in another bizarre box score for him, Brandon Rush had zero points and five blocks in just 14 minutes.
Should we be excited now that the Pacers are finally winning and against good teams? Or should we be annoyed because winning will most likely just get them back into no man's land, where they can't make the playoffs and can't get a good lottery pick?
Next up - the worst team in the NBA, the woeful New Jersey Nets, who are currently 3-35. Now, while I would love to say that the Pacers are guaranteed a third straight win, I'm not going to. The Pacers have just won three road games this season, which is equal second worst in the league. The only saving grace is that the Nets have only won two games at home all season.
Come on Pacers!
PS: Everyone should know about Blake Griffin's season ending surgery by now. I guess it just shows that getting the no. 1 pick is not necessarily always a fortuitous thing. Maybe the Pacers shouldn't tank anymore?