The Indiana Pacers have started the season 7-0 for the first time in franchise history. The Pacers have not really been challenged other than the other night against the Brooklyn Nets where they won by five points. However, the Pacers have to lose at some point during the season. There schedule is difficult this week, but will they see their first loss of the season?
Tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies is their first obstacle of the week. The Grizzlies have been a defensive-oriented team the past few years but are struggling in that category this year. They can cause problems as far as matchups go with every position on the court. The Pacers should be able to take this one unless the Grizzlies’ defense miraculously shows up in this game.
The Pacers then travel to take on the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 16. The Pacers have already handled the Bulls once during their seven-game win streak, but this could be a harder game for three reasons. One, the game will be in Chicago instead of Indiana. Two, Derrick Rose will have more time to get familiar to the game of basketball and three, the game is on the second night of a back-to-back.
Rose has yet to return to his old form but if he does in this game, this will be the most likely chance for the streak to end.
On Nov. 20, the Pacers are on the road again in New York to take on the New York Knicks. The Knicks have no reason to be considered dangerous this year. However, they have not forgotten that the Pacers knocked them out of the playoffs last season and are seeking revenge. Even though the Knicks’ record does not show it, the Pacers can be in trouble if the Knicks come out with fire.
The game that the Pacers most likely will see their first loss is against Chicago. If the Pacers do get through them, they could be 10-0, which is where Pacers coach Frank Vogel challenged the team to start this season.
Justin Logan is an Indiana Pacers writer for Rant Sports. Add him on Facebook.