Frank Vogel to rest key Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers are conceding the No. 1 seed in the East, but that doesn't solve their issues, writes Mike Wells. Story
Since beating Miami on March 26 to take a three-game lead in the chase for the East's top seed, the Pacers have lost four of five to fall one game (two in the loss column) behind the Heat.
"We're two games back [in the loss column] right now," Vogel said, according to The Indianapolis Star. "Obviously it was a goal, it is a goal of ours, but at this point, playing well is our top priority. Part of that is being fresh going into the playoffs.
"We feel good if we have the No. 2 seed, and we still feel we can attain the goals we have."
Vogel gave all five Pacers starters the day off Tuesday and said he would pick his spots over the final four games to rest his key players for the playoffs.
Pacers' Starters Slipping
The Pacers' starting lineup (Hill, Stephenson, George, West, Hibbert) has struggled recently on both ends of the floor, with a nearly 17-point swing in efficiency (points per 100 possessions).
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"I think rest and healing up is part of the solution," Vogel said, according to the newspaper. "It's not the whole solution, but it's part of it."
"I told him I thought the media overreacted to his body language," Vogel said, according to the newspaper. "He was told he was done for the night. Our whole team was getting their tails kicked, and I don't think anybody had good body language."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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