Brooklyn Nets Would Send Huge Message With Win Over Indiana Pacers

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The Brooklyn Nets thought they sent the loudest message possible when they defeated the back-to-back champion Miami Heat last Friday night.

But the one they would send tonight with a victory over the undefeated Indiana Pacers would sound like a yodel in comparison.

Don’t look now, but the Pacers have easily been the NBA‘s most impressive team by a mile six games into the season. They’ve won in all kinds of ways imaginable; they’ve come back from huge deficits, they’ve dominated fourth quarters, owned the paint, and turned games into sprinting contests that even Usain Bolt would be impressed by.

Whatever it’s taken, Frank Vogel’s bunch has found a way to win every game put in front of them so far. They know how to come out on top even when they aren’t at their best, which will be quite the test for a Nets team that has been very inconsistent, albeit mostly on the road.

In order for Brooklyn to come out victorious against the Pacers, they’ll need to set a great tone early on. Falling behind by a considerable margin early on is not something they’ll be able to recover from as the game progresses. This up-and-coming Indiana team, consisting of emerging superstar Paul GeorgeRoy HibbertDavid WestLance Stephenson and George Hill, is as hungry as a group of jackals that haven’t eaten in a week after falling just one win short of reaching the Finals last season.

It will also be the back end of a back-to-back for both teams, which will certainly play into the hands of the much younger Pacers.

The Nets will have their hands full on Saturday night as they host the league’s best team, but if they manage to squeak past the Pacers, everyone will suddenly realize that the Nets could soon be the ones to earn that acknowledgement.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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