Welp, it looks like the Pacers playoff drama will playout until the end of the regular season. After losing a game and tie breaker to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, the Pacers dropped to the eighth spot in the East but remain two up on Chicago.
There is good news in that the Bulls and Pistons play on Saturday and each have more difficult games on their remaining schedule. But the Pacers have to actually take advantage of their schedule, something they are struggling to do with only EIGHT games remaining.
The Bulls have beaten the Pacers three times this season and in all three games, Jimmy Butler made critical plays (two on offense, one on defense) to earn the win for Chicago. Man, the Pacers need a Jimmy Butler.
Paul George and Monta Ellis are willing to play that role, but both have been far too easy to defend in game-winning situations and now the Pacers seem to carry the weight of all of their past failures this season at crunch time.
I'm fine handing a share of the blame to coaching and play calling and believe me, if the Pacers fade out of the playoffs it will be hard for Frank Vogel to continue coaching this crew.
But at some point in a players league, someone has to step up and will good things to happen on the court. Kinda like Jimmy Butler does.
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