SB Nation's Mike Prada used his latest Prada's Pictures piece to focus on the Pacers offense which has slid past ordinary to flat out poor of late. No surprise, the effort to take care of the little things isn't there and shows up on closer inspection.
The passionate play displayed earlier in the season has ceased and with it taking care of the necessary details, as MP describes and shows in his article.
But what happens when that fight goes away? The margin for error is very, very slim, in this case and in general. Indiana doesn't have the natural gifts other teams do, and when their offensive effort and execution fall off even slightly they are... a lot like a lot of other teams.
We're seeing the results of that lull play out right now, and they aren't pretty. Indiana is 2-6 in its last eight games and has failed to break 90 points in all but one them. Since the All-Star break, only the woeful 76ers are scoring fewer points per 100 possessions. The defense remains solid, but this major offensive drop-off has caused Indiana to fall out of first place in the East despite Miami's own struggles.
With that context, check out all of the analysis for yourself here.