Post All-star break, the Pacers have developed a bad habit of only playing part of a game. While that part is always different, there is always a stretch where the Pacers will just look flat out lazy. The ball movement stops, the settle for shots, the defense is atrocious, and they dig themselves a hole. Now in many of these post all-star games, the Pacers have mounted a come back and made the game close or managed to pull out a win. The question I ask is, who gives them the right to not play 48 minutes? The Pacers are the top seed in the East if the season ends today, but it doesn't. The season doesn't end for another few weeks. Their coach got to coach the All-Star team, big whoop. The had 2 guys named all-stars (despite having 2 other guys get snubbed) who cares? Does that mean that they have arrived? Does that mean that they are excused from playing hard? Absolutely not. What happened to the blue collar work ethic we grew to know and love? What happened to the Defense that smothered any and all who dared oppose it... the Defense that could mask some of the teams offensive shortcomings? What happened to the guys who just came and played ball? When I watch this team, I see a defensive that is offensive, a team that thinks it can phone in a game in the 2nd quarter, and a team that whines about fouls more than the Miami Heat. This needs to change. Because if the Pacers can't figure it out, they aren't going to win the NBA title, not even close, they may not even get a shot at the Heat, because right now they can't beat a team that is good... forget a team that is great.
Only time will tell if the Pacers will figure it out, but if they don't... well Mr. Bird, you can put that banner on hold.
Thanks for reading,
-T.O. signing out