Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  12 responses

Frank Vogel Trying to Rebuild the Indiana Pacers’ Confidence

Danny Granger’s knee injury has cast a shadow of doubt on the Indiana Pacers’ season. Head coach Frank Vogel, hoping against hope, is doing all that he can to convince the team that they’re still an elite squad. Per the Indy Star: “It’s just a little bit of back to where we started, making sure these guys believe that we’re a top team,’ Vogel said. ‘By the end of last year there wasn’t any doubt, we knew it. We’re going to have to re-establish that belief. I do talk to them about that despite Danny being out, we still have a beast of a team.’ That challenge is easier said than done for Vogel. The Pacers have relied on depth and balance to carry them to the playoffs the past two seasons. Four of their starters from last season are in the lineup and Vogel is using a 10-man rotation. But Granger’s value to the team has become readily apparent over the past week. The Pacers are missing their leading scorer from the past five seasons. He’s the one player on their roster opposing teams had to game-plan against. [...] ‘I think it is more challenging, but again, this is what this league is about,’ Vogel said. ‘Teams deal with injuries to their top guys. It’s something a lot of coaches go through. I haven’t had to deal with it much. This is my first real look at it so we’re just trying to have fun with it.’ The numbers reveal the Pacers’ problems. They are 25th in the league in scoring, 26th in field goal percentage, 28th in assists and 30th in the league in turnovers. The only people those numbers scare are the Pacers. ‘It’s the lack of execution in everything,’ Vogel said. ‘Setting guys up in pick-and-rolls, making sure we’re screening properly, making good decisions with the basketball.’”

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  • Caboose

    I think we all overestimated Paul George.

  • Max

    I’ll take 14 – 10 – 4 – 2 – 1 anyday of the week.
    If he finishes the season with 17 – 6/7 – 4 – 2 – 1, I’d say he did a good job.
    If you mean the people that thought he could be a first option you’re right. He’ll never be that IMO.

  • Caboose

    I think A LOT of people thought he could be a first option (myself included). He puts up stats but he really doesn’t seem to have the ability to control a game. Sadly.

  • Max

    I do think he could be a great Scottie Pippen one day.
    I’d say give him to more years and if he’s not a first option by then he’ll never be.

  • Rainman

    Scottie Pippen was capable of being a first option though. Very Capable.

  • Max

    Scottie Pippen Light

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not at this point in his career.

  • spit hot fiyah

    Just have d west fight the other teams mascot before each game

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    scottie huh?

  • keyon dooling

    Gonna be tough to rebuild the “faux” confidence they gained in the 1st place. They thought they were real tough and good cause they stuck around with Miami for 6 games without Bosh and Wade on one knee. Looking more and more like MIA (and arguably Boston) are the only teams that are true contenders.

  • Youngindy21

    1. Indiana had a better record than Boston last year.
    2. Indiana was only 4 games behind Miami last year.
    3. Wade was not on one knee. Granger was however injured.

  • keyon dooling

    1. Indiana isn’t better than Boston, never will be.
    2. Miami really doesn’t put very much stock into the reg season. I guess Pacer “fans” do, though.
    3. Wade was playing at about 70% last postseason, and got his knee drained during the Indiana series. Granger played, Bosh didn’t.

    Pacers are pretenders