In case you hadn’t heard, the Pacers had a week month last 49 days to forget.

Indiana has suffered four losses in the last six days, which is easily their longest losing streak of the season.  But, this isn't about a bad week, or even a bad month… the Pacers have looked like a different team since late January.

On January 20th, the Blue and Gold went to Oakland and upended the Warriors.  Since then, the bottom has fallen out.  Here are some of the ugly numbers in the Pacers’ last 23 games:

2-7: The Pacers’ record against .500 or better teams, and those two wins came by one-point at home against the 31-30 Nets, and in overtime at home against Portland. 

.435: The winning percentage for Pacers’ opponents in that span.  That’s worse than the opponent winning percentage (.486) in their first 40.  The schedule didn’t magically get tougher, guys.  In fact, it’s been worse.

4: The number of losses last week by the Pacers.  That’s as many or less than they’ve had in every month this season except for January (5), when this recent skid started.  They had just one loss in November, three in February, and four in December.  Four is also the amount of points that the Pacers’ disappointing bench scored in last night’s loss in Dallas.

5: The amount of games in the loss-column that Miami has made up since January 20th.  Luckily, the Heat’s recent skid has kept Indiana atop the East, as the Pacers still have a 1 1/2 game overall lead.

10: The amount of games in which the Pacers have yielded 100 or more points since January 20th.  That’s nearly half of their 23 games.  They allowed opponents to hit the century mark just seven times in their first 40 games.

98.2: Points per game allowed by the Pacers in their last 23 games.  That’s ten points more per game than the 88.4 average they had over their first 40 games.

If you’re looking for some glass half-full facts, the Pacers’ next five games are against terrible Sixers (2), Celtics, Knicks, and Pistons teams.  Those teams are the 14th, 12th, 10th, and 9th seeds in the East.  Also, as stated above, Miami's recent woes have kept the Heat in second place. The Pacers will have to get things back on track soon, though, because Miami finishes with 13 of their final 22 at home.  11 of Indiana’s last 19 games are away from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and their home dates include visits from San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Miami, and Chicago.

DS