Pacers staying calm, positive despite recent losses

Frank Vogel (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
Frank Vogel (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – “You gotta play great, you gotta shoot the ball well, you gotta guard and gotta do all of it at once, and each time one of those things is letting us down, ” said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on the lament of the Eastern Conference leaders.

The guys know they’re not hitting on all cylinders and haven’t been for a while now, and it starts with their go-to guy. Paul George is out of his groove and the team is suffering because of it. He’s not happy with his game, but won’t let it consume him.

“I’ve been putting the work in,” said George after practice. “ I’ve been putting the time in. I’m always going to be positive about what’s going on and what’s around me. Just seems like every game (it’s) something different that’s being thrown at me. I just got to learn, go through these experiences and come out on top,” George said.

That’s what the franchise is hoping for. The offense has bogged down, and as David West puts it, his team doesn’t need hero plays.

“You know if we don’t play the right way sometimes, (you) can’t think you can just show up and beat people without actually doing the work and concentrating on the details. Things aren’t going to work in your favor,”said West.

“The right perspective is we’re playing pretty well,” added coach Vogel. “We have a really good team. Nobody needs to panic or go nuts, stay the course, keep doing what we’re doing. We’re winning a lot more than we’re losing and just get better every day.”

Vogel adds that it’s all about perspective. True, the team isn’t playing nearly as good as they were early in the season, but it’s still 50-20 and now it’s about preparing for that playoff push.

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