During the road trip, Coach Jim O’Brien gave the Pacers a day off from practice after they played games on back-to-back nights in Sacramento and Utah. Then, the next day they came out flat, turning the ball over an insane 25 times and generally just looking like the old, sloppy Indiana team we saw all too often last season.
Well, that won’t be happening again anytime soon. At least not for the same reason since coach isn’t giving out any more days off in the near future.
“One of the challenges of a coaching staff is to give these guys ample time off, but not at the sake of slippages as a result of not practicing,” O’Brien said.
“After playing back-to-back games in Sacramento and Utah, I gave them off because they had back-to-back games. In retrospect, that was a mistake because our basketball team has not shown the ability to be sharp without practice.
“At some point in time, I hope they show that ability, but that’s gong to take some growth and mental toughness on our team’s part. Right now, I’m going to err on the side of practicing even when they’re tired.”
Back to work.