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SBN NBA Reacts: Pacers fan confidence sinks heading into offseason

After a rough 2020-21 season, what’s next for the Pacers remains unsettled.

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Indiana Pacers fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 11 percent of Pacers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 40 percent last week and 25 percent two weeks ago.

This nosedive in fan confidence should not be a surprise after the Pacers bottomed out against the Wizards to end the season. It is hard to bolster confidence in a team when you don’t know who the players and/or coach will be heading into next season. After Kevin Pritchard’s season ending press conference, there was no clear direction laid out to the public which left fans with plenty of questions about which way this team is headed.

With the first-round of the playoffs underway, the most noticeable difference in the games has been the addition of nearly full crowds. More than 50 percent of fans around the country said the inclusion of fans has significantly improved the viewing experience, only 16 percent said it hasn’t improved the experience at all.

Having fans in attendance provides at least the semblance of a home-court advantage. More than three-fourths of Pacers fans believe the team would have finished the regular season with a better record had fans been in attendance all season long.

With the rest of fans around the country watching at home, there is no shortage of great opening round series to enjoy. 30 percent of fans around the country believe the Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers series is the best of the group.

The New York Knicks series against the Atlanta Hawks is the next most popular choice, with 21 percent of the vote.

Similarly, 26 percent of fans believe the Suns best display the characteristics of a successful team.

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