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Defense (lack of it) drives losing streak

There are 6 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Defense (lack of it) drives losing streak. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

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Fred Garvin MP

Carmichael, CA

#1 Feb 6, 2008
I see players hustling and scrambling around for 10-15 seconds and then they give up an easy basket. If the damn defense is too complicated then please simplify it. Hell, play a zone! Give the guys a chance to win!

Greencastle, IN

#2 Feb 6, 2008
Offense is fun and easy for most players. Defense is hard and is only accomplished through toughness and desire. That is why Jeff Foster is our best defender. He brings toughness and desire every night. The rest of our team does not. O'Brien can teach his defensive system all he wants, but if the players don't want to do it, we won't win a lot of games.
bill night

Walnut Creek, CA

#3 Feb 6, 2008
pacers need to scrap or switch their defensive scheme-without a large inside player like Oneal, they need to cover outside shooters. This has been a glaring omission other teams have capitalized on with the extra passing to an open shooter. The defense seems at times structured like a collapsed zone with plalyers scrambling all the time to double down or up and too late to catch the open shooter. The team should concentrate on the outside shooters and insure no open looks- too many good outside shooters in the nba.
This is also becoming a matador defense-plalyers need to hit the boards and block the inside shoots-to much haste to run down the court and not protect on defense and rebound.
Why is Harrsion even plalying and Diogo not? time to get him in the rotation and Graham.
bill night

Walnut Creek, CA

#4 Feb 6, 2008
Simplify the defense and modify the run and shoot-this team does not have enough good players to accomplish what obrien has desinged. Tempo needs to be adjusted to the oppositon. pacers are too preictable and break down against good teams after the first unit rotates out. when you leave players like Jason Kopono and Findley open for a look you are in trouble. consider a box or triange and one against scorers. players are not hustling for loose balls or hitting the boards.
bad team chemistry with the guys off the bench.

United States

#5 Feb 6, 2008
Wonder what happened to all the Pacer fans that thought that many of us were "idiots" for thinking the Pacers wouldn't have a good season...and that Rush and Denier were saviors. They went away as quietly as Patriots fans after a Super Bowl.

Carmel, IN

#6 Feb 6, 2008
I have a simple solution to bad defense...stay on your man.

The Pacers have a horrible habit of not staying on their man. They try to help out too much...then the other team passes for a wide open shot.

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