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Pacers struggling with new-look lineup

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The Pacers have struggled lately and are in danger of falling out of the top spot in the East.Losers of three straight for the first time this season, the Indiana Pacers are on the brink of falling out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference for the first time all season.

Defensive Struggles

Defensively, they haven’t resembled the same lockdown defense that corralled opponents in the first half of the season.

Pacers Defense This Season

Largely regarded as the league’s best defense, the Pacers have yielded an uncharacteristically high 100.3 points per game since the All-Star Break.

The most glaring difference has been at the 3-point line, where opponents are shooting nearly 42 percent against the Pacers since the All-Star Game. That’s nine percentage points higher than Indiana’s defense allowed before the break.

During their current three-game skid, the Pacers have allowed 32 makes on 66 3-point attempts -- a 49 percent clip.

Pacers with Evan Turner On/Off Court
Past 7 Games

Offensive struggles

Offensively, the addition of Evan Turner has yet to provide the spark the Pacers were looking for; they’re averaging fewer than 91 points these past four games.

Turner is averaging 10.1 points and 22.6 minutes in a small seven-game sample with the team, better than Danny Granger’s averages this season in Indiana.

But with Granger on the floor this season, the Pacers outscored their opponents by 8.5 points per 48 minutes. That mark would lead the league by a large margin, and it’s nearly two points better than the Pacers’ second-best mark.

Since Turner’s first game, Indiana has been outscored by 5.8 points per 48 minutes with him on the court.

Paul George Per 40 Minutes
With Evan Turner On/Off Court

New-look lineup

Pacers All-Star Paul George is averaging 18.0 points on 36 percent shooting since Turner joined the team and just 7.5 PPG on nearly 24 percent from the field in the past two games.

George and Turner have been on the court together for 78 minutes, and the Pacers have been outscored by 21 points during that span. George is shooting shy of 29 percent with Turner on the court.

Fortunately for the Pacers, their schedule eases up some after Sunday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks.

Their next five games are all against opponents currently below .500, beginning with a home game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

It’s a stretch they’ll have to perform better on if they hope to keep the Miami Heat from taking the top spot in the East.