Friday, March 14, 2008

Every game counts in large amounts

The Pacers finish off the stretch of four straight home games against teams with losing records. After going to Miami this weekend, three heavy hitters – Lakers, Celtics and Spurs – invade American Airlines Center.

Avery Johnson is trying to temper the sentiment that those games are more important than the ones against the struggling teams.

“Tonight is a big game for us,” he said. “Right now when you have only 16 or 18 games [left], every game is a big game. If we had lost these last three games and win the ones next week that wouldn’t have been good. We’re trying to win every one.”

And considering the depth around the league, there aren’t that many freebies anyway.

“The NBA has gotten better, players have gotten better,” Josh Howard said. “The games that we used to win are tougher games now.”

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