In short, the Pacers stunk up the joint. It was another one of those lousy efforts that elite teams should never have, even in a crazy condensed season. Should the Pacers be worried? Yes. They are at 17-8, still 4th in the East and very impressive, but as a team they are starting to show signs of slippage. Look at the upcoming schedule: @Memphis, Denver, Miami, @Cleveland, New Jersey, Charlotte, New Orleans, Charlotte. The first three are all dangerous opponents, and even though the rest of them aren't much to look at, they are played within the space of 8 days. The Miami, Cleveland and New Jersey games is the first back-to-back-to-back for the Pacers this season and it'll be interesting to see how the do.
The good news, of course, is that Roy Hibbert has been selected as an All-Star reserve in the East. Given the dearth of centers in the East and the Pacers' early success, big Roy is an obvious choice, even though his numbers (13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds) aren't exactly remarkable. A good experience for Roy, even though I would have preferred for him to get some rest. The All-Star game isn't really a game for post-up, unathletic centers like the big fella, though I'm looking forward to him showing off his passing skills.
Congrats to Roy Hibbert!