Look, I have to be the #1 most thrilled person in the entire world when it comes to the coaching change. People called to congratulate me like I'd accomplished something, they knew how much it meant to me.
I'm really happy to see how Vogel is running the rotations and what type of plays and style they are trying to run.
Everything is green grass and blue skies.
BUT...this was Toronto on the road, Cleveland on an epic losing streak, and Portland who was just in Portland playing on TUE, in Denver on WED, and then Indy today all while traveling through/behind one of the worst winter storms in a long time. Their star player wasn't out there and hasn't been for some time.
And the Pacers let these teams get back into games, to the point of risking what would have been a humiliating loss to the Cavs to halt their streak.
So while I'm all for the enthusiasm of Vogel and the good vibes of the change in general, this does not make this a good team or a drastically altered team. The coaching change was needed so they can START the process of learning to be a good team, and that carries the implication of a lot of rough terrain ahead of us.
You've got to temper your joy just a bit so you don't get washed out by the eventual hard losses to come. The focus of excitement shouldn't be on the wins, at least for us (vs the team I mean), but on the change in who you get to see play and how they play EVEN WHEN THEY LOSE.
I'll be much more interested to see the post game thread after that first loss, or 2nd loss even, when reality comes back and reminds everyone how we got here.
In other words, I don't think we can view this as some great playoff team that was just waiting to be unleashed. This is more like a batch of seeds that someone finally decided to put water and fertilizer on.
Don't get p****d when the mistakes by Price, George, Josh and Tyler cost them games. Don't get PO'd when Roy slumps it up or Collison is killing them. Don't get on the emotional rollercoaster of the W-L record which is tied closely to the whims of the schedule.
Even when these kids lose it will be attempting to play the right way with the right rotation.
I now return you to your and Vogel's viewings of .