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Pacers Entering Massive Week For Playoff Seeding

The Indiana Pacers (38-28) are about to begin their toughest week of the season, with 4 games that will greatly impact their playoff seeding.

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INDIANAPOLIS – What a time to have a completely healthy roster.

The Indiana Pacers’ injury report for Sunday’s contest in Boston has zero names on it.

With the recent returns of Glenn Robinson III and Darren Collison, the Pacers are the healthiest they’ve been all season long.

They are a team with no issues going 10-men deep, and that’s music to the ears of Nate McMillan as his bunch faces quite the gauntlet in the next 7 days.

“Our stretch here is tough with the road games but as I told the team, I’m looking forward to the challenge because we do have everybody healthy,” McMillan said after Friday’s stress-free victory over the Hawks.

“We’re going into this stretch with a healthy team and we don’t have to pace ourselves. We have a lot of guys that can play and that want to play. Give all you have the time that you spend on the floor and we have guys that we can sub in.”

The stretch looks like this:

-Sunday: @Boston (46-20)

-Tuesday: @Philadelphia (35-29)

-Thursday: Toronto (48-17)

-Saturday: @Washington (38-28)

Indiana (38-28) will play 4 of the top 6 teams in the Eastern Conference in the next week.

While games against the two best teams in the East---Boston and Toronto---will obviously be challenging, the most important games of the week fall on Tuesday and Saturday.

With the 76ers, Wizards and Pacers separated by just 1 game in the loss column, things can change quickly in the standings.

The Pacers have split the first two games this year with both the 76ers and Wizards. So the winners of this week’s contests will have the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker against each other.

In a jumbled Eastern Conference, that could easily be the difference between potentially hosting a first-round series or having to play the Cavaliers on the road in Round 1.

Pretty good time to be fully healthy.

A rescheduled game for the Pacers on Wednesday night saw them have one of their worst shooting nights of the season, losing 96-92 to the Pelicans.
In his 9th NBA season, Darren Collison is having a career year that is nearing rarefied NBA air.
Monday night saw the return of the Pacers starting lineup and that led to a 110-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Pacers lost 109-102 on Saturday night in Washington, which also gave the Wizards the crucial head-to-head tiebreaker on the season.
The best team in the Eastern Conference outlasted the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, with the Toronto Raptors pulling away in the final quarter for 106-99 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.