Team chemistry is one of the most common things I get asked about by fans when it comes to talking about the Pacers.
That’s because the Pacers dealt with their fair share of chemistry problems in the past, including last season. Those chemistry problems often led to a divided locker room.
This is a close group of players.
It helps that there’s a solid mix of veterans (especially David West) to go with the young players.
Do the players agree on everything?
Heck no. It would be too easy if that was the case.
Will they have problems again at some point this season?
The players talked amongst themselves to try resolve their issues during their five-game losing streak.
“We had a few circumstances where we were kind of snapping at each other out of timeouts and arguing,” Danny Granger said. “We got together and said if we want to compete then we had to play together and (have) constructive criticism and stop singling out everybody else when you should probably be looking in the mirror.
“That was our main problem. So once everyone evaluated themselves and said we have to change something individually before we can change it collectively (or) we won’t win. We did that and we won.”
It’s good that the players were able to talk about things without having the coaching staff get involved and take on a babysitting role.
The Pacers hope their victory Thursday will be the start of them getting back on track again. Their next five games – Charlotte (twice), New Orleans (twice) and Golden State – are against teams with a losing record.