Indiana Pacers in not-so-good company

Compelling theory put forth by Stan Van Gundy about the nosediving Indiana Pacers.

SVG's take, shared Thursday on Dan Le Batard's radio show, posits that the real reason Frank Vogel rested all of his starters Wednesday night in Milwaukee is because he feared that a loss to the lowly Bucks would mentally crush this team.

I suppose we have to allow for the possibility that a win Friday night in Miami could have the opposite effect on the Pacers. Maybe winning such a big one on South Beach, after all of Indy's struggles on the road, could be a season-saver.

The facts in our possession at the moment, however, tell us that only two teams in league history have fared worse than these Pacers after reaching the All-Star break with a winning percentage of .700 or better.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 137 teams have entered the break as a member of the .700 Club. These are the worst five ... with the Pacers hoping to be the first in this group to reach the conference finals in the ensuing postseason:

Entered Break With .700 Win Pct