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Pacers Describe Themselves as ‘Downtrodden,’ ‘Splintered’ & on a ‘Downward Spiral’

by Belal Abdel | Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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In what seems to be a daily occurrence now, another Indiana Pacer has spoken up about his teams struggles.

Monday was an eventful day for the Indiana squad. First, word came out that Roy Hibbert had called some of his teammates selfish after a loss Friday night. Then, the Spurs absolutely shellacked the Pacers in Indiana in a game that included a possible altercation between teammates George Hill and Lance Stephenson.

After the loss, more than a few Pacer players spoke out about their concerns with a team who dominated the league from Opening night until as recently as a few weeks ago, yet now cannot seem to string together any type of consistency.

“We’re probably the most downtrodden 50-plus win team in the history of the game,” David West said after a 103-77 loss to San Antonio at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“We’ve been in a downward spiral and we’ve been splintering a little bit,” Roy Hibbert said.

“We have to take the shots that we normally take,” Lance Stephenson said. “We have to stop worrying about messing up or getting a turnover and just play hard. Now we’re over-sharing it because we worry about (not) sharing the ball.”

“We just have to go back to the drawing board, try to figure it out,” added West. “Just start from scratch, man, that’s the way I feel. We’ve got to figure it out. The season is closing in on us.”

Those are just a few of the quotes from the Pacer locker room last night. Every player seems to have an opinion, but nobody knows quite how Indiana will fix their issues.

As recently as a month ago there seemed to be two locks in the Eastern Conference; the Indiana Pacers having home-court advantage and a Pacers-Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals. With the way the Pacers are playing and teams like the Nets and Bulls lurking, we could have a major shocker early on in the playoffs if Indiana doesn’t get their act together quickly.

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Belal is a sports, music and sneaker junkie whose work has been featured on ESPN TrueHoop and the Yard Barker Network. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsBelal_A

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