Indiana Pacers Preview: Team Faces a Must-Win Game in December

December 16th, 2010 by Chad Smith Leave a reply »
Oftentimes teams with their "backs against the wall" will refer to a big game as a "must -win" game. If they lose this game, it could be all over. In the NBA, games in December really don't figure into the eventual champion, but for this Indiana franchise, their game tomorrow at home against the Cavs will feel like a must-win game.

After the thumping they received from the Lakers at home last night, the Pacers have now dropped six of their last eight games. The only two wins were against the Bobcats and Raptors, two of the worst teams in the league. Indiana has now lost three in a row and face a team that went into Miami and battled the surging Heat all the way until the final minute. They are better than most people think and this game will not be an easy one for Coach Jim O'Brien and the Pacers.

The reason why this game is a must-win for the Pacers is because looking at their upcoming schedule, things could get very rough. It's hard to predict a win before their game in Philadelphia against the 76ers on Jan. 11. Even that might be a stretch.

These are the opponents that Indiana will go up against between now and then: Cavs, Celtics, Hornets, Grizzlies, ...

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