The single stat that most directly led to the team's downfall in the Eastern Conference final was turnovers. In almost every situation, team turnovers can be put on the point guards and Indiana is no exception. When Miami was bringing pressure and traps, the answer was to get into an offense quicker. Indiana's point guard tandem failed to do that.
I say this is an unpopular fix because Hill is a hometown product, a good guy, a potent scorer and a hard worker. He fits into a plan to make the team generally better. It isn't clear exactly how Augustin fits into either plan.
Indiana needs to sign David West no matter which path they choose. Beyond that, most moves can't logically be made until that path is chosen.
The status of Granger will be the most highly publicized decision the Pacers will make in the off-season. But there are others just as critical.
Indiana will be as much fun to watch between now and next season as they were during this past season. I hope the right choice is made and the next step in this evolution can take place.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh's columns appear twice weekly.