That highlighted part of text is one of the stupidest, most ignorant, worthless opinions that I have ever read.
OK, how's that for disagreeing?
The Pacers aren't actually playing each regular season game like it is life or death playoff basketball. That was a Zeke trait. Throw the kitchen sink at each individual game (to the point of outcoaching ourselves many times).
We ARE playing playoff style ball over the season: Tough defense and valuing every possession. But we are doing it consistently. Rick isn't changing the personell or tactics every quarter. When the Pacers get to the post season it shouldn't be a shock. The style of ball will be what they are accumstomed. It won't be like someone flushing the toilet in the middle of a hot shower (COLD water).
We will have a solid foundation built when the playoffs get here. If we get outplayed it won't be because we couldn't take it up a notch. It will be because a better team beat us.
Zeke, to me, coached a random willy nilly style and approached each game as if it was an elimination game. The team never learned to trust each other or their strengths and weaknesses because he was trying to fit the pieces together to get A win.... not long term winning. The only game that mattered was that night. The only moment that mattered was THAT moment. Sub players in and out trying to make every move a chess move. So when the playoffs came there was no foundation built. No consistency built from the season. That is when we had trouble taking it up notch.... and make no mistake we HAD to take it up a notch to compete in the playoffs because we rarely played that way all season.
The fact is, we might not 'take it up a notch' because we will already be where we need to be.
So I totally disagree with the poster's contention.
And if he thinks Larry Brown is running a free-wheeling playground basketball camp and is Mr Warmth then he is wrong about that as well.