For those you you that are tired of hearing or reading about the 5 game win streak you will want to avoid the comments I am bolding from today's Wells article.
Indiana Pacers spent a week on the road hoping to find an identity.
They returned Sunday as losers of nine of their past 10 games and with no reason for optimism.
"You want to win basketball games, and we didn't win the basketball games," coach Jim O'Brien said. "I thought we played good stretches in every game, but we came up short on all of them."
The Pacers (6-12) resume practice today at Conseco Fieldhouse in preparation for Wednesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Here's a look at several concerns that stood out during the trip:
Is this the right group of players?
The season is only 18 games old, but already there is an impression that these players can't get the job done.
Chemistry is key to any team's success. The Pacers need somebody to take the lead because the coaching staff can only do so much before the players tune them out.
If not, team president Larry Bird may want to take a hard look at shaking up the roster. He may already be thinking that way. General manager David Morway stayed with the team the entire trip instead of returning to Indianapolis after the first two games as planned.
Still no rotation
O'Brien has used many starting combinations. Dahntay Jones replaced Brandon Rush at shooting guard and O'Brien has used both Roy Hibbert and Jeff Foster at center.
O'Brien may also want to take a look at point guard. T.J. Ford didn't do anything to earn the confidence of teammates during the trip.
Ford had a total of 10 assists and 11 turnovers in four games. O'Brien went with Earl Watson in Ford's place for most of the second half against Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers last week.
The Pacers must have stability at point guard if they expect to win.
O'Brien hopes to eventually settle on a nine-man rotation.
No offensive rhythm
The Pacers have been shooting jumpers quickly in their up-tempo offense.
That mind-set has led to players standing on the perimeter, forcing shots and trying to do things out of their element with the ball.
That's why the Pacers are averaging only 97 points a game and making 30 percent of their 3-point attempts this season.
"I'm still not confident we're playing the style that was successful for us to get five wins in a row. That wasn't by luck," Jones said. "We were playing a good style of basketball. It was interesting, it was successful and now it's totally different. We were pushing the ball, getting easy buckets. It seems like we have to work so hard to score now."O'Brien situation
The coach usually gets the blame when things go wrong. Bird said last week O'Brien has dealt with many injuries.
It's unknown when O'Brien will have a healthy roster. Forward Danny Granger left the Staples Center with a walking boot on his right foot Saturday after aggravating his bruised right heel in the third quarter against the Clippers
I wonder what style is he referring to? Did we play a differant style then or was it just personel?
My thought is that we did play a differant style then and our offense was started by our defense. When we were on offense we were more methodical to my memory but then again that is so many losses ago the win streak seems like something from the 90's.