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Indiana Pacers: The beginning of the end for their NBA title hopes?

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Have the Indiana Pacers gone off the boil? That's the question many fans and commentators are asking right now.

The Pacers have lost two straight games this week and that normally wouldn't be something to worry about, but the nature of those defeats should cause some worries in Indiana.

Tuesday saw the Pacers go down in a tight contest to the Golden State Warriors 98-96, but last night's result was the one that stood out.

Losing to the Charlotte Bobcats is never a good sign for any team, and the Pacers didn't just the lose, they got hammered in a 22 point devastation.

The opening quarter set the tone as Indiana trailed 28-8 early on.

The Bobcats may have now won five straight thanks to the incredible play from big-man Al Jefferson, but the Pacers shouldn't be losing to teams like Charlotte.

This means that the Pacers will enter unfamiliar territory heading into Friday nights game against Houston Rockets as they look to respond from a two game losing streak.

Miami Heat have now got a great opportunity to usurp the Pacers and edge close to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Both teams have currently lost 15 games each, but the Pacers have won three more games.

But one of the aspects of Indiana's play that hasn't deserted them is their ability to defend.

Even in their two losses their average points conceded was only 103.5 points.

However, it's the offensive side of the ball that the Pacers need to sort out sooner rather than later.

Back to back games on the road in Texas against the Rockets and the Mavericks this weekend will test their offensive capabilities.

In their last nine games they have only managed more than 110 points once, and that was against the hapless LA Lakers.

It certainly isn't the end of the road for the Pacers as they still lead the East.

But to make the NBA Finals they will have to get top seed in the East realistically, and the only way they can do that is if they drastically improve their ailing offense.

Time for Paul George to step up again. 

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