For what could be a number of reasons, the Indiana Pacers received Monday off — free of practice, shootaround and any film session that may have taken place.
This comes after the Pacers were completely picked apart and embarrassed on their home court Sunday evening by the Atlanta Hawks, 88-107. Indiana managed to fall behind by more than 30 points in the second quarter and trailed at halftime, 55-23.
Whether the official word of canceling Monday’s practice came after the game or not, head coach Frank Vogel seemed to be debating the idea at shootaround Sunday.
Here’s what Scott Agness of Pacers.com reported via Twitter around noon Eastern Time Monday:
Pacers cancel prax. Full disclosure: Vogel said at shootaround Sun. that the team needed rest after “what seemed like a million gms in Mar.”
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) April 7, 2014
Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star also posted a Tweet about it:
So after the #Pacers 107-88 loss yesterday, the team has cancelled practice today.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) April 7, 2014
Adding fuel to the fire during the blowout loss to Atlanta on Sunday was Vogel benching starting center and All-Star Roy Hibbert for the entire second half. Vogel claimed Hibbert looked “worn out” and that he had previously considered resting him for the entire game. But only after Hibbert and the rest of the team began the game so poorly did Vogel decide to pull him. Big Roy didn’t record a point or rebound in nine minutes of action.
Vogel also noted that all the starters “look worn out” following a rough month of March.
A question we likely all have is: Doesn’t every NBA team play 82 games? Is anyone else tired?
It will be intriguing to see how the last four games play out, no pun intended. Things to be considered include the rotation, potential rest for the starters and a sluggish offense.
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