Feb 9, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and small forward Danny Granger (33) talk against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Indiana Pacers 93-92. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Have Lessons to be Learned

There’s always a lesson to be learned in a victory or a loss. For the Indiana Pacers, the lessons can be learned pretty easily in the losses with just a few number of them. I can seem to recall what should have been better or what happened as reasoning for a loss.

With the wins, at times, there’s a pretty big lesson for the team. I believe Monday night’s win against the Denver Nuggets hit home a couple of facts for this team.

One, they need to share the ball plenty and make sure to find that open man for a good shot. To me, the Pacers are working their best when the ball doesn’t hit the floor and guys aren’t over dribbling.

Sorry, if I am looking your way George Hill or Lance Stephenson. Those two guys are primarily the ball handlers, so more times than not, they’re the ones that can get caught up with too many dribbles.

Stephenson can work his way out of it with driving to the lane, or he can end up making a bad pass. Hill ends up usually taking a shot that probably doesn’t need to be taken. Then he shows that sign of frustration, which is hard to tell if it’s on himself or teammates for not getting open.

Still both guys have worked out better at this deficiency when the team is sharing the ball. There are even those times that I believe the team can overshare and guys make an extra pass that results in a turnover, which of course makes my point about the sharing invalid. BUT, for the most part, with as many different scoring options out there, the team should be all about sharing that glory.

Now there’s another aspect that we saw come alive in the victory against Denver. I think that win Monday night was one of a focused effort. Guys were looking for that extra pass. Guys were calling out to teammates on the defensive end. Guys were vocal to each other about what was going on.

There was that focus out there, and look what happened, the Pacers get their biggest margin of victory this season. That’s the focus I need to see out of the Pacers going forward.

I know some nights, it might be off, but you still want to use the “eye” test and see what guys are doing out there. As long as they’re looking to play as strong as Monday night, a loss can be easier to swallow.

But that focus to the game is what can propel this team to the ultimate goal of NBA Finals.

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