Pacers Coach Vogel: "We've got to play better."
It seemed like the Pacers couldn't buy a shot Sunday night against the Hawks and ended the first half with their lowest score in more than a decade.
The Hawks embarrassed the Pacers 107-88 as Jeff Teague scored 25 points. The Pacers trailed by 30 after scoring just 23 points in the first half. The team benched All-Star center Roy Hibbert for the final 30 minutes.
It's not a good time to go into a slump with the playoffs right around the corner.
For most of this season, they held the NBA's best record. Until last week, they had been No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.
But after going 33-8 over the first half of the season, the Pacers have stumbled to a 20-17 mark over the second half and have fallen behind two-time defending champion Miami in the East.
So what's wrong with the Pacers?
"We're not in panic mode," said David West, Pacers forward. "We feel like we've got all the tools and everything. We feel like we've been playing better."
"We're not that concerned. We shouldn't be panicking. Again, we're in a great position. It just takes one or two games for us to really get back and start a groove going to the playoffs," said Paul George.
Eyewitness Sports asked head coach Frank Vogel if he was angry or frustrated with the team at this point.
"We've got to play better than we're playing. It's that simple," said Vogel.
The team has lost five out of their last six games. They have four games left in the regular season to figure out what's wrong. Their next game is at Milwaukee on Wednesday.