http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/insider/2015/01/18/indiana-pacers-not-learning-and-growing/21967491/CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No team in the NBA this season has more experience in close games than the 2014-15 Indiana Pacers.
Through half a season, the Pacers have gained intimate knowledge of this pressure. They've scored pivotal baskets within the final two minutes and even stood up defensively for stops while going down to the wire in 11 games and taking four others to overtime. They have consistently shown the ability to compete, and yet they haven't grown enough to win these games.
"We're sitting over there looking at (each other) saying it looks familiar," said first-year Pacer C.J. Miles. "'(Darn),' we're doing this again. Alright, then, let's fix it.' We talk about it as competitors, as basketball players, perfectionists at our craft. You want to get the last three possessions back on the next possession and it doesn't work like that."
The Pacers (15-27) may have more experience than any other opponent in tight games but the results tell a different story. Saturday night in Charlotte marked the latest example of the Pacers' late-game flaws. Unable to outscore an opponent that was missing its top two scorers, Indiana lost to the Hornets 80-71 in overtime.
Though the Pacers have spent the past 30 days tied up in the same quandary – six of the team's last 10 losses were all one-possession games – they have displayed little resolve. And the frustration continues to build.
After the loss in Charlotte, veteran power forward David West responded with brutal honesty to a question focused on if the Pacers are familiar with handling close games.
"We're not winning, so we're not (familiar)," West said, murmuring his words until they finally trailed off. "We're losing these games. We're not learning and I don't know."
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