The Indiana Pacers had their best start to a season in franchise history with an undefeated 9-0 record, but it came to an end in the Windy City against the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers and their fans knew the winning streak wouldn’t last forever, but having it end to the division-rival Bulls has to hurt. It may be a bit painful, but losing their first game isn’t all that bad.
The Pacers are a great team, don’t get me wrong. Even though they won’t admit it, they had to have a big head after a huge streak to kick off the season. Coming down to earth can realign their focus — although they did a good job keeping it during the streak — as well as take off the pressure of being undefeated. Being undefeated has you coming into every game with your opponent wanting to be the first to beat you, playing the best game they can, and getting that behind them will only help.
The streak couldn’t last forever anyway, although it would be nice to meet Lance Stephenson‘s goal to start the season 10-0. In reality, who actually thought they’d even come close to meeting that goal?
The Pacers still have a great team with tremendous depth. Although they got shutdown by Derrick Rose and the Bulls Saturday night, rebounding from this game will prove to the league that they are still the best team right now and one loss won’t affect them too much.
It is still early on, and the Pacers are the best team in the NBA right now. With Danny Granger returning soon they could retain that title or even lose it. After all, the NBA season is a marathon, not a sprint. Right now, Indiana is in the lead.