Suddenly, the Indiana Pacers are looking like a very vulnerable basketball team.
The Pacers were humming right along until their last two losses, including a 104-85 setback at the Washington Wizards Saturday night.
The Pacers failed for the second straight night to clinch their first Central division title in nine years. Playing back-to-back nights didn’t agree with the Pacers this weekend. They lost 97-75 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and obviously had very little energy left to put in a good effort against a Wizards team that was celebrating the 35th anniversary of the franchise’s only NBA title.
The Pacers also fell into the No. 3 spot in the East by two games behind the New York Knicks.
It’s not the playoffs, but the Pacers need to get some momentum back and put more wins on the board and prove that they’re playoff sharp. Now is not the time to get into a slump. There’s no guarantee the first-round opponent is beatable.
Despite the loss, they did get another encouraging performance from Gerald Green, who came off the bench to put in 18 excellent minutes and shot 6-of-12 from the floor and 1-of-5 in 3-point attempts and 13 points. He’s averaging 6.6 points and 2.4 rebounds a game.
It seems like Green has had the habit of not doing much for a few games and then catching fire. Prior to Wednesday, he hadn’t done much the past three games prior to a 19-point performance against the Atlanta Hawks.
Right now, the Pacers need several players to catch fire and stay there, and that includes Green.