The Indiana Pacers did fine initially without David West, but the power forward's absence may be starting to catch up to them.
It's hard to say, though, how missing West will affect Monday night's matchup with an Atlanta Hawks team seeking a third straight road victory.
Indiana (43-27) won its first three games without the power forward before falling 87-84 at Chicago on Saturday. West, second on the Pacers with 17.3 points per game, will miss his fifth straight contest Monday due to a sprained lower back.
"Definitely so when David's in, he's somebody we go to late in the games and that's something that we'll always miss, win or lose, but still, we've been playing well in David's absence," leading scorer Paul George said.
Tyler Hansbrough is replacing West in the starting lineup. Hansbrough averaged 18.0 points and 12.3 rebounds in the first three games of this stretch before the Bulls limited him to seven and six.
Oddly enough, West averaged 24.5 points in two defeats to Atlan...