Pacers struggling late in the season

Updated: March 20, 2005, 6:09 PM ET
By Tim Legler | ESPN Insider
As the 2004-05 NBA season began, the Indiana Pacers were eagerly looking forward to spring and the start of the playoffs. After all, they were coming off a season in which they had the best record in the NBA and were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by the Detroit Pistons.

To make the outlook even brighter, Indiana added Stephen Jackson to the mix in an off-season trade with the Atlanta Hawks after giving up Al Harrington. Jackson, while being able to equal the offensive production of Harrington, is a much better defender and long distance shooter. The path was paved and the Pacers had the road map to the Promised Land.

Tim Legler

NBA studio analyst
Former NBA player Tim Legler joined ESPN in 2000 as a studio analyst for ESPNEWS. Legler also appears regularly as an analyst of ESPN2's NBA Fastbreak. Legler played for five NBA teams -- the Suns, Jazz, Warriors, Mavericks and Wizards.