Feb 9, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel claps against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Vogel Staying Optimistic

Mar 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel isn’t expressing much concern about his team. After the Indiana Pacers’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, there are, however, reasons to worry heading back to Indianapolis:

A four-game losing streak is the first of such severity in two years.

A struggling offense has to find ways to score and do so without turning the ball over.

An experienced group of players must compete for 48 minutes, instead of falling behind early and forcing themselves to play from behind the whole game.

Despite all of the Pacers’ flaws which have been exposed over the past week, Indiana head coach Frank Vogel shows no signs of slowing down and is staying optimistic about his group of guys.

That is, after all, what most would expect of a coach that believes in his players. Nobody has been more supportive of the Pacers over the past couple years than their own leader in Vogel.

“Stay the course,” Vogel preached following Indiana’s 94-105 loss to Dallas on Sunday. He referred to the Mavericks as a “good basketball team,” stating that it wasn’t a bad loss, but rather his team simply got beat.

The loss makes it four in a row for the Pacers, who had won five straight before losing to Golden State at home by two points, spurring the current slump. Their last three losses have all come on the road and all by double-digits, two more areas of improvement the team should address.

Indiana does not have the prettiest record away from home, but is still above .500, something most teams have trouble. with. A major factor in the losses has been falling behind early and creating a large hole to climb out of.

Each of the last three games, the Pacers have trailed by double-figures in the first half.

Frank Vogel knows his team will rebound, and it has a good chance to do so Tuesday night when the Boston Celtics visit the Pacers. ‘Staying the course’ has been a motto of the team all season.

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