Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has made his mark in the coaching ranks the past few seasons. Since Vogel has taken over, the Pacers’ regular season record has improved each year and they continue to be a force in the playoffs. The Pacers have a great roster, and many thought that they would be a championship-caliber team. The Pacers have looked that way during the regular season, but they have been tested to the limit in the playoffs.
The Pacers are currently down 2-1 against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers came out swinging in Game 3, but failed when the game mattered the most. There is still ample time in the series for the Pacers to turn it around, but if the Pacers lose Game 4 against the Heat, they can forget about coming back from a 3-1 deficit.
In pro sports, it’s unfair that coaches get the brunt of the criticism, but that is how it tends to go. Is it Vogel’s fault that Roy Hibbert grabs only two rebounds? Is it Vogel’s fault that the Pacers continue to turn the ball over? The answer to both is no. Coaches are expected to put players in the right positions to succeed, and the players on the Pacers aren’t delivering for their coach.
As of right now, Vogel’s job seems to be safe, but if the Pacers lose tonight, it may not look good for his future.