Pacers try to learn after Denver loss

Indiana Pacers' Paul George, right, shoots over Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Indiana Pacers' Paul George, right, shoots over Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana Pacers will be looking to end their West Coast road trip on a high note Tuesday night, when they square off against the Lakers in Los Angeles. It will be the final game in their 5-game road trip.

They got a break in the action the past couple of days, following Saturday’s disappointing loss to the Denver Nuggets. But of course, it’s never truly an off day in the NBA; they hit the practice courts at UCLA to get ready while Bruins head coach and Indiana hoops legend Steve Alford looked on.

The Pacers know what they have to do to avoid another uncharacteristically flat performance.

“I think the Denver game we weren’t as sharp as we could be, and that’s what the point of emphasis was today in the film session and in practice,” said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel.  “There was some minor defensive slippage.  Nothing that’s too alarming, but just trying to tighten the screws.”

“Every team’s been playing well of late against us, so we have to expect them to come out hot like Phoenix did, like Sacramento did, like Denver did, so this is not going to be an easy game for us tomorrow,” added Pacers forward Paul George.

The Pacers tip off against the Lakers at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

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