Even as they tried to muster an effort to remain in the game, eventually the offensive struggles, leading to too many bounced jumpers allowed the Rockets to run all over the Pacers making any attempts to make up for the slow O on defense nearly impossible.
The good news emerging from the game is that the introspection and agitation about getting right surfaced from the players. Admitting a problems isn't the same as correcting the problems but it is certainly a step in the right direction. I'm not sure the Pacers can go much further in the wrong direction, unless some of their nagging injuries start costing player games.
Watching Paul George move around at times last night looked painful, so maybe a few days off would be more beneficial for his back. I'll leave that up to the trainers, but getting PG healthy and active will help. He looked pretty good going in one direction and didn't hesitate to try to make plays, but slowing down and changing directions made him look more like Danny Granger in need of new brake pads.
Yep, the Pacers are not right, but they know that and also know what being "right" is for them as a team. Flip on the tape from San Antonio or at Golden State, where they were able to bring the fight to their opponents and set the pace to their liking.
We'll see if the can make that happen in Dallas where they will be tested again by a team that beat them in Indy a few weeks ago.
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