Pacers Looking For More From Second Unit

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 28: Glen Davis #11 of the Orlando Magic tries to split the defense of Tyler Hansbrough #50 and Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Orlando won the game 81-77 to take a 1-0 series lead. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers have used their bench extensively throughout the season with mixed results. The ten man rotation certainly helped the Pacers avoid playing any one player too many minutes throughout the busy 66-game schedule.

The parts have changed at times (add Leandro Barbosa, switch George Hill for Darren Collison, insert Lou Amundson full time) but the end result has been the same. When they are aggressive at both ends and able to get buckets around the rim in transition or otherwise, the Pacers are a near lock to win.

There are also times when they absolutely stagnate and struggle to score which was the case in the first half of Game 2 and in Game 1 in general. Conrad Brunner breaks down what the Pacers need from the bench while they adjust to the playoffs, including Frank Vogel's expectations.

"We need our second unit," Coach Frank Vogel said. "We can't play our starters the full game. It has come and gone throughout the year. Sometimes our starters are the guys that are struggling and the second unit picks them up. We'll keep the normal rotation and if a certain unit isn't getting it done, then we'll adjust."

In the second half of Game 2, Vogel emulsified the second unit into the action, adding them into the action one at a time. First, Hansbrough, then Barbosa and finally Collison which allows one player to get in the flow of the game before adding another. That's in contrast to bringing in four fresh players within a possession or two and hoping they are ready to go.

The importance of Game 3 suggests Vogel will continue with the latter approach, leaning more on his starting unit which, despite plenty of room for improvement, has played well overall against Orlando.

We invite you to subscribe to the Indy Cornrows YouTube channel, follow Indy Cornrows on Twitter and like Indy Cornrows on Facebook.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Indy Cornrows

You must be a member of Indy Cornrows to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Indy Cornrows. You should read them.

Join Indy Cornrows

You must be a member of Indy Cornrows to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Indy Cornrows. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker