One is hot. One is not.
One night…they’re on. Two nights later…they’re off.
They look like no one can beat them. Then, they look like they’ve already beaten themselves…before even stepping foot on the floor.
The media builds them up…only to turn around and dismantle them.
And the fans…well, the fans don’t know what to think.
This is the 2014 Indiana Pacers. Well, we think it is. The team that doesn’t know who it is, doesn’t know what it wants to be, and has no idea how to get there.
The players don’t seem to have any explanation. Sometimes, they talk about the team like it’s an appendage they still have feelings in, only it’s no longer attached.
Did I mention it’s the playoffs? The second round of the playoffs? And we’re still hoping this team will find itself. And better yet, they’ll stick with it once they do?!
Remember your 20’s? When you didn’t really know what you were doing? Or where your life was going? And it kind of felt like you were just along for the ride? Well, that’s how the Pacers look. Like they’re drifting…just along for the ride. They’re all looking at each other wondering where they’re going, only no one is in the driver’s seat.
“Do we win tonight? Stay home and get some rest?”
“Or, do we lose tonight? Go back to D.C., and try to grind out another game?”
“Oh. Guess it’s B. Ok, then. Back to Washington!”
We can’t predict who this team is and what it’s going to do. Mostly because they don’t know. They haven’t decided. And until they do, there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
I just hope when it comes down to: “Do we go to the Eastern Conference Finals, or do we go home?” Someone jumps in the driver’s seat, puts their foot on the gas, and says, “Buckle up, boys. We’re going to the Finals!”
Or, they should go buy bait. Because they’re going fishing…for the next four months.
What’s it going to be, Pacers? Fish or cut bait? Sink or swim?
Don’t mind us. We’ll be here waiting…just like we have been all year.