Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 4/19/12
Oh yeah. When this shortened season began, I was quietly optimistic that the Pacers could win around 36 games and end up somewhere around the 6th seed. Sure they acquired David West and George Hill, but West was coming off knee surgery and Hill was predominantly a backup. 36 would have been pretty good, equivalent to around 45 games in a regular 82-game season. Considering the Pacers won 37 last year, an 8-game improvement isn't bad in the East when you would have teams like Miami, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanda, Boston and New York in the mix.But now. after their latest 118-109 victory, the Pacers are 41-22 with 3 games to go, and have locked in homecourt advantage in the first round. I believe all they need is one more win and they've locked up the 3rd seed in the East, and given Dwight Howard is now officially out for the remainder of the season and the playoffs, things have to be looking good for the Pacers if they end up facing the Magic in the first round. But of course, if the str...
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