Jun 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) and center Roy Hibbert (55) react on the bench at the end of game 7 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-76 to win the series 4 games to 3 . Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Notebook: March 6, 2014

Many people believe the Indiana Pacers are struggling – which they might be – and have some things they need to work on.

But, doesn’t every team struggle at different points throughout the course of an 82-game NBA schedule?

Indiana was on a five-game winning streak, no matter the opposition, heading into Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. The Pacers were defeated by Golden State on their home court, 96-98, before traveling to Charlotte on Wednesday night for a matchup with the Bobcats.

Indiana managed to get blown away by Charlotte, 87-109, on Wednesday, thus establishing a two-game losing streak, and an outrage from the media.

In my mind, wins are wins and losses are going to happen. Sure, the Indiana Pacers could’ve given a better effort against the Bobcats. Bottom line is, they got beat fair and square. Nobody mentions that Indiana won the first two meetings of the season between the two teams before Wednesday.

My vote is to let the players play the game, let the coaches coach the players and see where the season goes. As things currently stand, the Pacers are 46-15 and still atop the Eastern Conference standings. That is, thanks in large part, because of a 16-1 start to the season. They have still gone 30-15 since, which is nothing to kick the dirt about.

Other news and notes:

  • Evan Turner scored 22 points (9-12 FGs) against the Bobcats on Wednesday, his best game in an Indiana Pacers uniform.
  • The Pacers won five in a row before losing their last two games, but still lead the Eastern Conference by 1.5 games heading into Thursday night’s slate. Indiana also leads the Central Division by miles.
  • Paul George did not make a field goal against Charlotte and scored only two points, easily his worst game of the season and poorest offensive effort since last season at Golden State.
  • Luis Scola was a +14 on Wednesday against the Bobcats in 14 minutes. He was the only Pacer to record a positive plus/minus effectiveness in the game. George and David West recorded horrible +/- numbers, going -38 and -36, respectively.
  • Indiana travels to Houston to face the Rockets in their next game, a 9:30 ET tip on ESPN.

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