The Complex NBA Power Rankings (Week 14)

9. Indiana Pacers

Record: 28 - 19
Last Week's Rank: 10
Last Week's Results: W vs. LA Clippers 102-89, (Tue); W @ Washington 85-83, (Thu); L vs. Phoenix 111-113, (Fri); W @ Milwaukee 125-104, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Miami, Monday (3/26); @ New Jersey, Wednesday (3/28); vs. Washington, Thursday (3/29); @ San Antonio, Saturday (3/31); @ Houston, Sunday (4/1)
On the court, the Pacers handled their business last week. The Suns loss notwithstanding, they held their position as the fifth-best team in the Eastern Conference, which they'll need to continue to do as we come down the stretch. But, behind the scenes, the Pacers future is very much in doubt thanks to a recent report that said that Larry Bird will be stepping down as the team president at the end of the year. Will that become a distraction and affect their chances of making a playoff push? Eh, we doubt it. But it's something to keep an eye on. Well, that and the big matchup the team has against the Heat on Monday. It's time to show that you're for real, Indy. Put the distractions aside and make some moves.—Chris Yuscavage

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