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Paul George, David West request some rest; Pacers will sit some guys in final games

Apr 8, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

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After the most recent Pacers loss coach Frank Vogel said he thought his starters looked tired. This was a team that put a premium earlier in the season on getting the No. 1 seed in the East and they have faded lately, they have looked mentally disinterested (save vs. Miami) so maybe there is something to the burnout talk.

So, with four games left, the Pacers are going to rest guys – Paul George David West specifically asked for it. You can bet Roy Hibbert will be in that mix.

That’s what coach Frank Vogel told media members Tuesday, including Scott Agnes of pacers.com.

I agree with Vogel that this is not the lone problem, the Pacers have a series of overlapping issues that have led to their recent collapse.

However, rest — physical and mental — is part of what is needed. The Pacers need to step back, catch their breath and then come at their problems. There is a reason Gregg Popovich, Erik Spoelstra, Doc Rivers and a host of other quality NBA coaches rest guys down the stretch (or at various points during the season).

The Pacers should do it if that means accepting the No. 2 seed in the East.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Lmao, George look 17 and he/they want some rest.”

    • pharohislife - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      They can’t rest now the Heat have lost 23 and the Pacers have lost 24. The Heat play the Grizzlies tomorrow in a back to back before playing the Pacers on Friday, if the Heat lose one of those 2 games the Pacers clearly still have a shot at getting that #1 seed, and they NEED that #1 seed.

      • blackman24 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Actually, the Heat just lost to the Nets and have 24 losses to the Pacers 25. The Pacers can actually take back over the #1 seed tomorrow when Mia loses in Memphis and Indy blasts the tanking Bucks.

      • pharohislife - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        Yea that’s what I meant, they’re a half game back, with a chance to overtake the Heat on Friday.

    • laclove - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      They didn’t need rest when they forced a game seven with the heat. I think some of their off court activities are catching up to them. Focus is what some of them need not rest. Hopefully those he rest stay away from bad publicity, cause it seems to following them a lot lately.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Anybody read about the George/Hibbert sword fight? It can’t be true, but then again……

  3. jkirby317 - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    There should have been days of “rest” allotted throughout the season–if that is what they truly need.
    Vogel seemed to have dropped the ball on that one. The Pacers could lose all of the remaining games and still be no.2. So, if the team needs rest–give them rest.

  4. cg2424 - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    “The rest of what?” – Thibodeau

    • heat256 - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      “If my players aren’t nearly dead, then they haven’t played enough”. – Thibs. That guy would play his 6 year old 40 minutes in a pickup game for two months straight.

  5. reesesteel23 - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    That’s not all they need

  6. kb2408 - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    If Larry Legend were no longer with us he would turning over in his grave. But since he is still here he’s probably somewhere fuming right now! Yep, that’s why the Pacers have been terrible the past month or so…REST!!

  7. prareedoggin - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    All that talk about how they wanted/needed the number 1 seed and were going to get it…. Lmao losers

  8. bougin89 - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Rest can’t hurt the Pacers. Vogel needs to get a little bit creative on offense, too. Inject some life into these guys.

  9. bballhistorian - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Vogel has learned a lesson, especially if his team loses again to Miami (or even before) due to fatigue.

    His team’s goal from day 1 in the 2013-2014 campaign was to secure the #1 seed in the East for home court vs Miami in the postseason. And he was going to play the players every game to secure that goal. Their fast start helped, but over the past month their hard grind has now shown as players are more tired…right before the REAL SEASON (playoffs).

    Miami, meanwhile has gone through a rigid “rest-plan” for some of its main players…some even said they coasted through most the season. But now they are clicking right before the postseason while resting Wade, Ray Allen, etc. And they now they have the #1 spot in the East…so far taking away the very goal Indiana set from day 1.

    Popovich learned this lesson also in years past…looks like Vogel will do the same.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      But the Heat had a far better record last year when they threw any rest plans out the window because of the win streak.

      The Pacers problem isn’t a fatigue issue – it has nothing to do with resting the players.

      And, besides, what the Heat do with Wade is not the same as what Pop does with the Spurs, who will also rest young, healthy players in the middle of a season – something Spo doesn’t do.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        “The Pacers problem isn’t a fatigue issue – it has nothing to do with resting the players.”

        So Vogel is saying what he is saying – why? I’m asking seriously, because I get that a coach/manager/.whoever can do something with a certain intent and explain it totally differently for good reason, but I’m not catching that vibe from Vogel here.

  10. jbeagles23 - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Too late for rest now. They have no chemistry going into the playoffs and no real player to just carry them in any round

  11. jzone954 - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Miami in 6 regardless…

    • kb2408 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      And then the Spurs or OKC in 6 over Miami. Ok, I take that back…the Spurs will beat them in 5.

  12. davidly - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Last season the Pacers finished the season 11-10 and went 1-5 the last week before the playoffs and beat the Knicks who closed out the season 16-2 to finish 5 games better in the standings. This included a game 1 victory in MSG in spite of going 6 games against Atlanta.

    The most significant difference between last season and this one is that last year nobody expected them to do anything anyway. Now, they’re right back in that boat. Underdog.

  13. jbeagles23 - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Can’t play the underdog role when yor come out blazing, saying they’ll get first in the east. Good try though. This team won’t get out of the second round

    • davidly - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      They’re not playing a role; it’s being cast by the likes of you who say they aren’t getting out of the second round. That, the textbook definition of being an underdog.

  14. amehta256 - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Pacers will get plenty of rest when they lose in the first round!

  15. jbeagles23 - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    If that’s what helps you sleep at night knowing you’re team is pretty much done

  16. ptownbearsfan420 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Somebody needs to teach Stotts this lesson. Lillard and Aldridge are gonna be burnt out in 2 years.. He never rests his starters. Ever.. Come to think of it, kinda hate him. It’s okay though. Blazers won’t win sh*% anyways so no one will remember him.

    #RIPCI… Ah who cares

  17. campcouch - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Bad management by the coach if players have to ask for days off.

  18. 12444uggg - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Rest is the only option right now, It’s not injuries, and the last I checked this team is one game out of first, so they can’t be as bad as some of you are hoping for.
    I hope this reboot works

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