The Indiana Pacers are slumping at the worst time. They lost three in a row; the concern is the way they are losing Charlotte Bobcats beat the Pacers 109 – 87 and last night blown out again this time by the Houston Rockets 112 – 86.
The Pacers struggled to beat the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz to begin the month of March. The Pacers lost their next three games against playoff teams: Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats and Houston Rockets.
The last time the Pacers beat a team that is in a playoff position was the February 7, 2014 victory over the Portland Trailblazers.
Paul George was the league MVP in the first 20 games, Lance Stephenson was a lock for Most Improved Player and Roy Hibbert was going to be Defensive player of the year. George has been quiet lately, Stephenson is no longer getting triple doubles and Hibbert block shot numbers have also dropped.
The Pacers have given up over 90 points a game for 9 consecutive games. They seemed to have lost focus since the Danny Granger for Evan Turner trade. They can’t stop anybody from scoring. The Pacers are supposed to be known as a great defensive team.
Is Evan Turner a player who can put up great statistics with a poor team, but will struggle when he plays with a playoff team?
Coach Frank Vogel has 20 games to get his team to focus on playing playoff winning basketball. The Pacers players have been talking all year about getting the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat are three games behind the Pacers for the number one seed. The Heat and Pacers will face each other two more times before the end of the season.
Can the Pacers hold off the Heat for the number one seed?
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