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Why cannot the Pacers shut out video games? Listen as insiders Jim Ayello and Clifton Brown talk about the Pacers’ latest fourth quarter woes.
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Indiana Pacers ahead Thaddeus Young (21) drives round Detroit Pistons ahead Tobias Harris throughout the first half of an NBA basketball sport, Wednesday, Nov. Eight, 2017, in Detroit.(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

DETROIT — After the Indiana Pacers misplaced their fourth straight sport Wednesday evening, the locker room door stayed closed longer than typical. Players and coaches talked about what wanted to be mounted after the Pacers (5-7) had been soundly overwhelmed by the Detroit Pistons, 114-97.

Twelve video games into an 82-game season is early. But the Pacers know they should win a sport as quickly as doable to regain the momentum they constructed with a 5-Three begin. So after Wednesday’s loss, it was time for a gathering of the minds.

“We just lost four in a row so we definitely talked about it,” mentioned beginning ahead and co-captain Thaddeus Young. “Coach talked, I talked, a few of the other guys talked. We know what we have to do. A lot of us have been in this position before. It’s still early in the season. But you lose four in a row, you have some things to talk about. You try to nip that in the bud before it gets out of hand.”

BOX SCORE: Pistons 114, Pacers 97

Pacers level guard Cory Joseph thought the badembly was productive. But the proof will probably be in how the Pacers carry out.

“We talked internally about a couple of things that we feel like we got to fix,” mentioned Joseph. “We’ll keep that internal. We talked about it. Hopefully we’ll come back out and execute. You can talk as much as you want, but when game-time comes, you have to be able to execute.”

Starting middle Myles Turner mentioned the Pacers’ subsequent sport, Friday evening in Chicago in opposition to the Bulls, could be essential.  

“You can’t have a negative mindset this early in the season, but we definitely have to get the ball rolling,” mentioned Turner. “Chicago is a must win for us.” 

A 13-Zero run by the Detroit Pistons within the third quarter Wednesday broke a impbade at 65, and the Pistons (Eight-Three) cruised from there, The Pacers performed their second straight sport with out middle Domantas Sabonis (calf harm), and that grew to become a significant subject within the third quarter when the Pacers’ frontcourt encountered critical foul bother. Turner, Young and Al Jefferson all had 4 fouls earlier than the third quarter ended. Turner spent a lot of the third quarter on the bench, and his prolonged absence solely added to the Pacers’ latest defensive points.  

Victor Oladipo (21 factors) led the Pacers, and Jefferson had 19. Jefferson performed 22 minutes as a consequence of Turner’s foul bother and Sabonis’ harm. The Pistons gained their third straight and had six gamers in double figures, led by ahead Tobias Harris with 23 factors.  

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Here are three takeaways from the Pacers’ most up-to-date loss:

1. On the defensive finish, the Pacers continued to have main points.

Indiana has given up a minimum of 35 factors in 1 / 4 in 4 straight video games. It’s powerful to win that means, regardless of how environment friendly you’re offensively. 

“There was a big lack of communication in the first half and it carried over into the second half,” mentioned Turner. “We got to be a better second half team. We play great defense, and then it all goes to crap in the second half.”

​The ​Pacers’ demise started within the second quarter, once they gave up 37 factors and fell behind for good. Turner spent a lot of the quarter on the bench in foul bother, and the Pistons attacked the basket as if there was a ”Welcome Home” mat within the paint. The Pistons out-rebounded Indiana 50-38  and dominated inside. 

This is what Pacers coach Nate McMillan mentioned earlier than the sport. 

“Defensively we all know now we have to get higher,” McMillan said. “We need to have that dedication to the defensive finish of the ground and groups proper now are capturing a excessive share on us. From the sphere, from the ground, in addition to behind the Three-point line. So we simply need to proceed to work to place it collectively. It’s identical to a wedding — it takes a while to place it collectively.”

The query is: How a lot time will it take for the Pacers to enhance defensively? The longer it takes the harder it will likely be for them to win constantly. 

2. It’s no shock the Pacers are Zero-2 with out Sabonis.

Sabonis has been the Pacers’ greatest frontcourt participant this season, and his bodily presence has been missed. On Tuesday, the Pacers couldn’t take care of the New Orleans Pelicans twin towers — DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. In this sport, Andre Drummond (21 rebounds, 14 factors) had his means, notably when Turner was within the sport. If Drummond did not shoot free throws just like the basket was a transferring goal (Zero-of-7 from the road), the Pacers would have misplaced by extra.

The Pacers additionally missed Sabonis on the offensive finish, the place his publish strikes and skill to get to the free throw line have helped present stability. All groups should take care of accidents, however the Pacers have solely had Turner and Sabonis within the lineup collectively for 3 video games. The faster Sabonis will get again, the higher for Indiana. 

Three. How the Pacers deal with this stretch will check their character.

The Pacers’ 5-Three begin raised expectations however this four-game shedding streak has been a bitter actuality. The Pacers have proven no signal of getting demoralized, however they may use a victory as quickly as doable.

“It sucks that we haven’t gained in awhile, but it surely’s part of the sport, part of the NBA,” said Oladipo. “Sometimes you go on shedding streaks. It’s how groups reply. That separates the great groups from the good groups. We bought to determine what sort of workforce we’re going to be.”

Follow IndyStar sports activities author Clifton Brown on Twitter @CliftonGBrown.

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