According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey 25 percent of Pacers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 44 percent last week and 50 percent two weeks ago.
The drop in confidence is not surprising when you figure in the Woj bomb and subsequent reporting on Nate Bjorkgren’s handling of the team. Despite the recent uptick in the team’s level of play, there remain too many injuries and now too much uncertainty revolving around the direction of the team in the short and long term to generate much confidence.
However, the numbers may rise for next week based on the effort the healthy players have put forth which has at least generated a playoff play-in spot for the Pacers.
As the playoffs approach, the biggest surprise of the season is likely the success of the New York Knicks. For the first time since 2013, the Knicks have reached the postseason and they did so without a true superstar leading the team.
In place of a superstar, the team is led on the court by Julius Randle and head coach Tom Thibodeau. Both of whom fans believe will finish the season with an individual award. 69 percent of fans around the league believe Randle should win the 2020-21 Most Improved Player award. The next closest player, Michael Porter Jr., received 11 percent of the vote.
50 percent of national fans believe Thibodeau has earned the Coach of the Year award this season. Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams took 23 percent. Apparently, Quin Snyder’s Jazz were too good, too early so he’s not getting the proper consideration. Not like the Jazz haven’t had their share of injuries, yet have the best record in the league which is better than preseason projections for the Jazz.
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