While the last few months have been really bad, even when the starters were fresh and hitting there were signs that this system of offense was hurting this team while they were winning. This is mostly shown by players that have been Pacers, "suddenly" becoming stars elsewhere when they leave this system. Now that the starters are worn down and their shot % is in the tank...this "system" is killing them. It is the most stagnant offensive method i have ever seen, movement and execution have been non existent, the "system" is lulling them to sleep. I can only blame this on coaching.
This team started the year with excellent chemistry, the loss to Miami in the conference finals last year bonded them tighter than glue. The addition this year of Bynum, Allen and Tuner did NOT break down this chemistry...but the trade of Granger, just when the wear and tear of the season began to be overwhelming proved disastrous. It showed the younger players, Lance and George, and to some extent Hill, that family comes second to business in the NBA, and seems to have really taken the wind out of their sails, they all three show hesitance and lack of confidence as a result of that realization and also no longer having Danny to talk/work things out with. The let the captain go and he was far more important to team chemistry than they realized. It is the front office that takes the blame on this one.
Wear and Tear
Vogel has played these starters to a fare-the-well, they almost have nothing left in their tanks. Injury and normal body problems have created hesitation on dribble penetrations for GHill, DWest seems bone tired, and Roy seems gassed. PGeorge is not lifting as high off the ground on his jumpers as he was at the start of the year...only Lance seems unaffected. This is because Vogel failed in the beginning of the year to force his bench into regular rotation duty, he never gave them the chance to jell as a unit, something he has been guilty of in the past as well. This is not really a knock on coach V, because it is probably a calculated choice he felt driven to make, but it is a self fulfilling one as well because it has wasted his starters and the bench still does not have the experience in game action to be able to step in with regularity. This coupled with the terrible "system" has wound down till where we are today.
Rest the starters for the rest of the season, get the bench hard minuets in game ( would have been much more productive 3 months ago), and retool the system...this late in the season it is a crap shoot whether there is enough time left for it to have the needed effect but i feel it worth the shot to give these guys a chance in the playoffs.And chemistry? Only the guys on the team can fix that issue, only they can chose to bond back together to go on a historic championship run or not.