Like most Pacers fans, I'm concerned about this 5-game losing streak. So, like most fans I started looking for answers, and I think I may have found a clue to why this team is losing.
I wanted to see how the team has been scoring the ball. So, I looked at "attempts" per game in every scoring category, i.e., FGA, FTA and 3PA. On the surface, nothing really jumped out at me until I considered how JOB wants the team to play, i.e., uptempo, open 3PAs, attacking the basket more. Here's what I discovered...
FGAs (/per game)
Pacers: 92 / 83 / 89 / 83 / 80 / 96 / 73 / 84
Op Tm: 99 / 96 / 66 / 83 / 71 / 82 / 83 / 74
FTAs (/per game)
Pacers: 36 / 21 / 27 / 24 / 20 / 24 / 26 / 19
Op Tm: 45 / 13 / 51 / 35 / 44 / 34 / 44 / 30
3PAs (/per game)
Pacers: 29 / 15 / 27 / 19 / 14 / 30 / 25 / 22
Op Tm: 20 / 16 / 18 / 15 / 20 / 31 / 21 / 18
Result: +9 / +8 / +9 / +4 / +9 /+14/ +4 /+10
....Cat: 3P / FT / 3P / 3P / FG / FG / 3P / FG
..........W. /.W. /. W. /. L. /. L . /. L / .L ./ L
If we assume that the Pacers did play their style of basketball in their first 3 wins as JOB wants which is to: 1) push the ball and control the tempo, 2) get back on defense and make defensive stops, 3) be more aggressive in order to get to the free throw line, and 4) take open 3-point shots, what these figures may very well indicate is that the Pacers definitely have NOT being playing their style of basketball over these last five games, all loses. Kinda goes w/o saying, I know, but take a closer look at the numbers...
The hustle category, of course, is FTAs, but the defense and tempo category is 3PAs. It's clear from the above figures that the Pacers haven't been defending (nor rebounding) well nor have they been aggressive enough. My findings are, of course, preliminary and highly subjective, but if they hold true through the next 12 games where the Pacers fail to net +8 or more in either or both of the aforementioned categories resulting in a loss, I'd say my findings are very much on point. I'll track the numbers over the next 12 games and see just where they pan out. Might prove rather interesting...