During the last two months of the regular season, the Indiana Pacers took one of the most strangest of turns. They went from Eastern Conference favorites, to everyone’s pick to get upset in the playoffs. There were even some that were calling for coach Frank Vogel’s job.
And I guess that sense was right.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Vogel is in fact coaching for his job in the playoffs despite his team’s 56-win regular season.
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 a prolonged slide that has stretched into its third month.
Following Indiana’s 101-85 triumph over Atlanta in Game 2 of the teams’ first-round playoff series, sources told ESPN.com that coming back to win the series against the Hawks would not automatically ensure Vogel’s safety. After a 40-11 start, the Pacers went just 16-15 the rest of the way before a humbling loss in the series opener to the eighth-seeded Hawks.
This report is coming off the heels of a Yahoo report which stated that Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner had gotten into a fistfight on the eve of the playoffs. What great timing.
Vogel may have been on the verge of losing his locker room (which now looks like has passed), but he may be even closer to losing his job.