Fans did not get all lovely dovey with this Pacers team last night as they got spanked by the Heat, no matter how “close” the score looked at the end. There’s a simple problem with this team, and one that I know they’ve had before, lack of confidence.
Being a huge person who watches the body language of players, you can see that this team will get down after missing each shots. They will start jawing with refs, and generally look disinterested.
Danny Granger leads the Pacers in those area as someone who gets frustrated when things aren’t going his way. If he’s hitting shots, and playing good defense, you see a whole other player.
Add Roy Hibbert to this mix as well because you watch games and if he misses those first few baskets at the beginning, he’s not looking to shoot after that.
What is the answer to this problem, though? Coach Frank Vogel wishes he knew. Pacer fans wish they knew.
The simple solution is to get back to winning. This team plays well, and you can see how much fun they are having out there. It starts tonight with a game against the Cavs.
After getting blown away last night, there should be a different look to this team. One that is desperate to get out there, and wash away this four game losing streak. Look for that confidence level to come back up a tad if the Pacers are able to get up by double digits against the Cavs.
Good teams don’t form overnight, but I still believe with this Pacers team getting their swagger back, and some wins under their belt before the All-Star break, that energy level will be back up.
This team is so much more fun to watch when they are playing the way that we all know they can play.