Pacers have managed to thrive despite brutal post-All-Star break schedule
As one of the biggest surprise teams in the NBA this 2017-18 season, the Indiana Pacers (40-28) continue to win games and prove many doubters wrong.
Despite a brutal schedule for the month of March, Indiana has gone 6-1 and is fresh off a very impressive 101-98 victory on the road over the Philadelphia 76ers. What made Tuesday night’s win over the Sixers so great is that Philly had not lost at Wells Fargo Center in 2018 before the Pacers came to town, as this could surely be a first-round playoff matchup between these two teams.
Pacers 21-year-old rising star center Myles Turner, who finished with a team-high 25 points (9-of-12 from the field) and six rebounds, spoke of the importance of Tuesday night’s road win over the Sixers immediately after the game in an interview with Fox Sports Indiana.
“It was a playoff atmosphere out here for sure, man. Philly fans always bring it,” Turner said. “It’s a prideful town, but we came in here and got it done. It was one hell of a win for us and we’ve got to keep swimming and rolling.”
The victory came on a night when All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo struggled mightily from the field (11 points on just 4-of-21 shooting), so Pacers head coach Nate McMillan knew his guys had to really step up in order to pull it off.
Via an article written by Aaron Bracy of the Associated Press:
“We knew it was going to be physical,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “It’s that time of the season. Everybody was ready.”
Indiana’s schedule does not get any bit easier, to say the least, as 10 of the Pacers’ final 14 games are against teams that are currently slated to make the playoffs. The Toronto Raptors, who are the top seed in the Eastern Conference, will take on the Pacers tomorrow night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.