Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 3/19/13
The have looked pretty sluggish as of late in their back-to-back losses against the Lakers and Philly, and things took a turn for the worst when David West was ruled out due to a lower back injury. No West? No worries. The Pacers just racked up two consecutive blowout wins -- a 111-90 laugher against the Cavs in Cleveland followed by a 95-73 pounding of the Magic at home. Now the Pacers are 42-26 for the season and lead the Knicks by 1.5 games for the second seed in the East. Here's to hoping the Pacers can hold on, and that the Celtics will keep off  the Bulls for the sixth seed, and that Derrick Rose won't be back this season. That's a lot of hoping. Indiana is arguably still playing kind of sluggish but were able to get two easy wins against struggling teams with nothing to play for, so perhaps that will boost their confidence for a crucial upcoming stretch against Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix -- to close out the month. Not going to be easy so ...
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