For about 3 minutes at the end of the first half in Houston the Pacers looked like they did while winning their first 40 games, and about a minute in the third quarter, then they reverted back to their lackluster defensive efforts of recent games. David West is for the most part the same player night in and night out. PG appears to play good defense every night, offensivly he is not getting open shots. Lance seems to be no longer happy to just pick his spots and fit in, providing a surprise spark when needed. Roy is an enigma an offense, and Hill is a very good player, position non specific, but the point does not bring out the best in him. The offense moved the ball at the end of the 1nd period, after that, same old much and grind with little penetration or inside out movement, The ball seems to be always stuck on the far outside elbows surrounded by defenders.
The Pacers have left themselves very vulnerable to the drive and dish, with the slashers slashing to the basket and the shooter setting up for wide open three attempts, not unlike the Heat offense, I am sorry to say, Unless they stop the man with the ball from getting in the paint, they will be lucky to make it as far as they did last year. Maybe Lance is trying to slip behind the defense for lone layup too much and needs to stick with his man, block out and rebound more, maybe uveryone needs to stay in front of their man, not just steer him to big Roy.
Bottom line is they need to watch the final 3 minutes of the first half and emphasize what they were doing right. That was their best ball in some time.