Pacers lose to Wolves; season over?

February 4, 2009 in Basketball, Indiana Pacers, NBA by pacejmiller

Granger scores but Pacers lose to Timberwolves

Granger scores but Pacers lose to Timberwolves

Am I jumping to conclusions here?  Or have I been dreaming for too long already?  Either way, with still 33 games to go, I’m ready to admit that the Pacers’ playoff hopes this season are just about over.

The Indiana Pacers lost their second consecutive ‘must-win’ home game to the Minnesota Timberwolves today, 116-111.  Danny Granger finally had a good game (28 points on 10-19 shooting) and Dunleavy played well too (20 points on 8-15 shooting), but something’s still missing with this team.  A relatively soft stretch still awaits this team, but they’ve failed to build the crucial momentum they need in these last few home games to make a realistic push in the standings.

They are now 19-30, 13th out of 15 teams in the East (thanks to an equally melting Toronto Raptors and the woeful Washington Wizards).  They’ve also slipped in the Hollinger Playoff Odds to 12th in the East, with only a 19.3% chance of making the playoffs.  According to Hollinger, the 8th seed in the East will need about 39 wins.  Even if the Pacers can finish above 0.500 the rest of the way (17-16), they’ll end up with a record of 36-46.  Doesn’t sound too hard, but just have a look at their winning percentage right now.  Maybe it’s time I finally realised they’re just simply not that good.  Unless they make some miraculous moves before the trade deadline, Pacer fans can start looking forward to the draft lottery for next season.