The Pacers are 3-3 and honestly, before the season began how many of you would be upset with a record like this?
I may come off as an apologist but after a couple of days to think about it, I remembered that it's a long season and even good teams have struggled to start a season. Dallas' 0-4 start last season comes to mind. This year Chicago and Washington are 1-5 through the same number of games. I know it's not an apples to apples comparison but the point is that it's still early and too early to start writing teams off.
The Pacers lost 3 games that they could've and probably should've won but looking at the bright side, at least there were moments where they looked really good in each of those games. They started each game strongly and when they rebound and push the tempo they are a tough team to stop.
IMO, the biggest issue with the Pacers that has appeared the past 3 games is fatigue. It seems that they ran out of gas in each of the last 3 games. Shots that were falling to start the game began coming up short and they stopped moving on offense. They missed free throws and the opposing team beat them off the dribble and the Pacers defense as a whole fell apart. Those appear to be not just talent or execution issues but conditioning issues.
How else can you explain the long periods of dominance that they have shown? For about 30 minutes Saturday the Pacers looked like they could beat anyone in the league. IMO, they hit a wall and became both mentally and physically fatigued.
If that is the case, it's possible that as they continue to work within this system and their conditioning improves they may be able to sustain that energy for 40 minutes a game. Also as Obie learns the tendencies of his players he will learn when to substitute better and which rotations do and do not work.
I'm also saying this knowing that several of you may want to jump off a cliff after tonight's game against Boston so you can call this thread a preemptive strike. Don't give up on the team yet!