How many times can you hit rock bottom?
I thought the Pacers hit hard floor after their inexplicable loss in Charlotte which they backed up by getting beat down in Houston and Dallas. Then there was the 71-point effort in Memphis which nullified a nice home win over the Bulls. I'd even say the Pacers were dancing on that stone floor on Friday night in Washington as the Pacesr failed to score 80 points, again and the Wizards controlled the game from the tip.
For some reason, the afternoon loss in Cleveland had Frank Vogel and his teammates openly discussing their low level of play and frustration with their inability to improve.
"We're playing against ourselves right now," Vogel said. "It's a level of play that we're trying to reach that we're not close to where we need to be."
And now they host the Spurs who are so good right now, they are riding a 17-game winning streak while prepping for the playoffs.
You have to wonder if there will be some jockeying in the standings to make sure teams matchup with the Pacers. The Bulls and Nets continue to hover in the 4/5 slot, but with the Pacers sliding towards a two seed, they may join the fight for a three seed. Heck, maybe the Spurs will rest their stars in an effort to help the Pacers maintain the top spot in the East just so they have a better chance of taking out Miami.
Unfortunately, champs rarely think like that and at this point, the Spurs are probably begging for a rematch with the Heat to make up for that last-second meltdown in the Finals last year. That's the mindset of a champion.
I just wonder what's going through the collective mind of the Pacers right now. Apparently, they are wondering the same thing.
I talked about all of this and the Spurs game on The Phil Naessens Show. Check it out.
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