Indiana Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren is trying to keep his team focused on basketball — even while the outside world debates everything else. It’s life in the world of turmoil. Over the past two days, the first-year coach has had to contend with two media reports questioning the internal dynamics of Indiana’s locker room and organization, a public dust-up between center Goga Bitadze and assistant coach Greg Foster and the discipline that followed.
Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors (27-39) remain just three games behind the Washington Wizards (30-35) for the tenth and final playoff seed. They also remain just 3.5 games behind the Indiana Pacers (30-34) for the ninth seed. Ironically, both teams will square off tonight in Tampa Bay, and if the Wizards win and the Pacers lose to the Hawks, the Wizards will overtake the ninth seed in the conference.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey 44 percent of Pacers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 50 percent last week. Call me crazy, but I have a feeling the trend will take a drastic drop next week after recent reports on Nate Bjorkgren’s status as the team’s coach going forward and the way the front office altered the team’s course this year.