I'm not sure I can put my finger on the pulse of this loss. It's reached the point where we are just going to lose. It doesn't matter who is the coach, who is in, who is out... we're going to lose. It's hard to imagine in the big picture that we'd lose every game here on out but it's not hard to imagine when you take them one game at a time.
This cannot be about the playoffs any longer. It should be about player development and seeing who deserves to be a Pacer next year. Even if that doesn't give us out best chance to win short term, what does it matter? What does it matter whether we make the playoffs or not? Even if we don't make that top 10 protected pick, so what? Why waste the one thing this season can bring us and that is getting a look at the younger players and getting them minutes. Everything else is a lost cause in a lost season... IMHO.
Surely backing into the playoffs would mean nothing to any fans and what does getting swept in the first round mean to any players? Particularly if we use our regulars....
I'm also not sure why we're playing JO with his knee injury. Let him heal. What does it matter even if he can help us to a couple of extra wins? We're going nowhere and risk injuring him worse (whether it is for next season or for trade value).