INDIANAPOLIS – After dipping 113-104 in the heat at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, arguably their worst loss of the season, the Pacers had a day off on Saturday before heading to work on Sunday for a camp-style session returned.
Malcolm Brogdon, who faced his team’s fourth consecutive loss with 14 points on 4-of-14, said it was good for his squad to have some time to hit the reset button before then he will host the wizards on Monday.
“I thought we had a great training session (Sunday),” said Brogdon. “It was honestly like a training camp. We worked hard (Sunday) and I think that’s what we needed. We just have to come out and play man. We have to play at a high level with desperation.”
So what exactly does a mid-season camp exercise involve?
“Real work on the fundamentals, real conditioning work, real hard game work, real skill development work,” said Indiana trainer Rick Carlisle. “The schedule these days is such that those quality training days aren’t nearly as frequent as they were in the old days of the (Eastern Conference) Central Division, where there were many consecutive times, but they were short” trips “in a row. And then they would make a lot of two day breaks that you can have a day off, a quality day of practice, and then a game. But everyone adapts to the reality of today’s game and that’s just one of those opportunities we have to seize. “
This is only the second time this season the Pacers have had two days off between games and the first time that has happened at home. The other time Indiana had a two-day break was during a four-game road trip on the west coast last month.
Kelan Martin, who was still training at the team’s training facility on Saturday, said it felt good to wake up in his own bed.
“I usually come in on my days off and work a bit, just try to be consistent with my game, but calm helps,” said Martin. “Above all, to be at home and not in a hotel, but actually to be at home and enjoy it.”
Martin averages 5.3 points while shooting 40.9% off the field and 1 out of 10 to 3 points during Indiana’s steak lost four games. The former butler star remains confident about his game and team, noting that the 9-16 Pacers “know how well we can play”.
Carlisle has said on numerous occasions that his team lacks “strength”, which has resulted in some disappointing performances. Brogdon believes the problem has more to do with focus than exertion.
“I think it’s more about getting into the details of the game and being more physical in defense,” said Brogdon. “To be honest, we’re a team that plays hard. It’s not that we don’t play hard out here. So anyone who says that is wrong. It’s literally about the details, to know your people. That’s what matters to us. ” . “
Domantas Sabonis, who had 14 points and 16 rebounds against the Heat, agreed with Brogdon that the solution to the Pacers’ problems is not simply to play harder. However, he did admit that his team “look dead out there” sometimes when reviewing feature films.
After an intense workout at Ascension St. Vincent Center on Sunday, Sabonis said Indiana plans to carry that energy across the street to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday.
“Our record doesn’t show how we feel about (losing),” said Sabonis. “It definitely sucks, but we feel like we’re there, we can compete with anyone, we can win these games. But we just can’t do it. It’s a difficult task. We’re trying to get better out here and improve and try to turn the page. “
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