For as much as things seemed to be turning around for the Indiana Pacers following their dominant Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks in their Eastern Conference Playoffs series, they’re apparently getting rapidly worse according to some reports on Wednesday.
Early on in the morning, word came through that Evan Turner had been removed from a practice before the playoffs for fighting with teammate Lance Stephenson, and now ESPN is being told that despite the Pacers winning 56 games this year and being the number one seed, head coach Frank Vogel is now “coaching for his job” in the rest of these playoffs.
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Vogel, despite a 56-win season that secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, is “coaching for his job” in the wake of Indiana’s alarming slide that has stretched into its third month.
Throughout a good majority of the season, the Pacers were considered maybe the best team in the NBA, but the home stretch of the season wasn’t kind to them whatsoever. The wheels fell completely off, and generally when that happens, the coach is the first to take the blame and have his back pushed against the wall.
That apparently is what is happening to Vogel right now.