Can the Indiana Pacers Bounce Back and Save Their Season?

April 29th, 2014 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Months ago, it was entirely inconceivable that the Indiana Pacers could be struggling to beat the Al Horford-less Atlanta Hawks in a first-round series. They were title contenders, if not title favorites. They were defensive world-beaters, ones capable of actually shutting down the Miami Heat and stopping LeBron James in his three-peat tracks. 

To be fair, though, "struggling" isn't exactly what's happening during this Eastern Conference battle between the No. 1 and No. 8 seeds. 

The Pacers aren't just struggling to beat the Hawks; they're standing on the brink of a first-round exit, one that would cement their status as one of the most disappointing teams in recent memory. The fall from grace has been as quick as it's been unceremonious, with the Pacers taking only a few weeks to go from bona-fide-contender status to league-wide laughingstock. 

There's still a chance the Pacers can bounce back from their opening-round struggles, but those chances are quickly declining, and the season is now on life support. 


The Situation

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