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    Default It's time for some levity concerning the Pacers

    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!

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    Larry is not coming back, he didn't have a meeting with Orlando for not reason, yeah he is coming back to the NBA but not to the Pacers, the notion that he is a taking a year off and then come back is absurd.
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    I agree the biggest issue is fatigue. But there is also some well we kicked their *** now we can stop trying mentality that must be overcome.

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    I agree the biggest issue is fatigue. But there is also some well we kicked their *** now we can stop trying mentality that must be overcome.
    Good point. If it's one thing that the Pacers have always lacked it's a killer instinct. It looked like they had it in the first half of the Nuggets game. They really wanted to bury them. They let off the gas defensively and then they didn't have enough left in the tank to match their run.
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    Play Stephen Graham. . Play Stephen Graham. I can't believe we have him collecting up dust on the bench. I want to see him in tonights game
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    The Pacers are 3-3 and honestly, before the season began how many of you would be upset with a record like this?
    On a personal opinion I hate questions like this because what we knew before the season began is not anything like what we just went through.

    There is a big difference when you go 1 win, 1 loss to a 3-3 record compared to how we have started off.

    Personally I'm just disappointed that we were not able to sustain that intensity of the first 3 games and have looked as if we were reverting back to last season...specially on the offensive side. It looks more like a mental block than a physical one - but i'm more than open to the idea that its the fatigue that is creating these bad plays down the stretch.

    I just want to see some consistency - which might be the last thing this team will have this season....hence my disappointments

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    3 wins without JO
    3 losses with JO


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    3 wins without JO
    3 losses with JO

    J.O. only missed the first game...

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    3 wins without JO
    3 losses with JO

    *cough*troymurphy*cough*

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    3 wins without JO
    3 losses with JO

    Might wanna check your math again...

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    On a personal opinion I hate questions like this because what we knew before the season began is not anything like what we just went through.

    There is a big difference when you go 1 win, 1 loss to a 3-3 record compared to how we have started off.

    Personally I'm just disappointed that we were not able to sustain that intensity of the first 3 games and have looked as if we were reverting back to last season...specially on the offensive side. It looks more like a mental block than a physical one - but i'm more than open to the idea that its the fatigue that is creating these bad plays down the stretch.

    I just want to see some consistency - which might be the last thing this team will have this season....hence my disappointments
    In retrospect those 3 wins came against 3 other teams that have struggled at the start of the season and in each of those games we saw the exact same things that plagued the team in it's losses. They jumped out to nice leads and then lose the lead. The only difference is that in the first 3 games they were able to once again get on a roll defensively and offensively.

    I saw some really good improvements on defense in the game against Boston, they just couldn't keep up offensively. Let's give it 20 games. It's still too early to right them off.
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    Larry is not coming back, he didn't have a meeting with Orlando for not reason, yeah he is coming back to the NBA but not to the Pacers, the notion that he is a taking a year off and then come back is absurd.
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