The Indiana Pacers are on a roll. Indiana has won their last nine home games in a row, and have won 12 of their last fifteen games overall. The Pacers are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league, but have counteracted that fact by leading the league in scoring defense. Although this team is not putting up big numbers, the are surely playing their best ball of the season. This fact is even more impressive, considering that the Pacers have been battling various injuries to several important players.
Before the season even started, word came down that team captain and starting small forward Danny Granger was going to miss a big part of the season with a knee injury. Granger, a former all-star and the team’s leading scorer, only saw limited action in one preseason game before being forced to the bench. At this time, there is still no solid date set for Granger’s possible return.
Aside from the damage from Granger’s major injury, Indiana has persevered through several other issues over the course of this season. Recently, starting point guard George Hill was limited by a bout of bronchitis, which caused him to miss some playing time. Starting center and former all-star Roy Hibbert was hampered by back spasms during Thursday’s win against the New York Knicks. Hibbert has also admitted to have been dealing with a wrist injury for most of this season. On top of that, it also seems that backup forward Tyler Hansbrough catches at least one hard elbow to the face on a regular basis.
The effort put forward by this Indiana team was rough at the start, but is beginning to help them blossom. Injuries are a unavoidable part of the game, but the Pacers have fought through it all with persistence. Barring any further serious setbacks, the Indiana Pacers are poised to keep playing well.