The Herald Bulletin

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Pro Sports

April 20, 2014

Mike Lopresti: Pacers remain puzzling

(Continued)

The Indiana camp will talk of strategic changes. Fewer fouls, smarter defense, better ball movement. And maybe get to a few long rebounds and loose balls first.

“If you don’t win the 50-50 battle in the playoffs,” Vogel said, “you lose.”

But there is something more subtle. This just doesn’t look like the same team. The body language is ominous. What to do about that?

“Get a lead,” Vogel said. “The body language didn’t look any different than any team losing a basketball game. We’ve got to play better. That’ll take care of our energy and enthusiasm.”

Sounds simple enough. Obviously, it isn’t.

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