We all know how the tone can turn after a loss, and a string of losses can really get things going. But let's all keep the schedule in mind and set our expectations appropriately for the next few weeks.
The last two 3 game trips are coming, the only West coast visit, and apart from the Texas 2 trip later this season this will basically mark the end of the road work for the Pacers.
You have the Lakers game and games at Chicago and Orlando. Even going back to Boston could be tough despite their poor play so far. Add in a visit from Orlando as the "break" and even a tricky Warriors game in the middle of that first trip and you've got the potential to lose 6 of the next 7.
4-5 losses looks very reasonable.
And now we add the lack of Foster to that list too. It's going to get ugly most likely, but this is the tradeoff the team must pay for the super sweet April they have lined up.
Let's just see the team get to the end of January above .500 and then start looking at how the schedule slowly turns and helps them build huge momentum down the stretch. FEB is better but still tough, MAR really starts to ease up.
A bad end to January doesn't mean the team isn't ECF capable or needs to make changes, it just means it's the toughest portion of the schedule for a team still trying to lock in on who they are and how they win.
When they lose home games to NJ or Utah, then we can talk about "fixing" the team.
And you never know, they just might surprise us and do better than expected.