Although the Indiana Pacers are a defensive-oriented team, Frank Vogel knows they must improve offensively to have any success in the playoffs.
A matchup with lowly Orlando would seemingly be what they need, but the Magic are coming off a surprising defensive showing - albeit in a losing effort - and they also shut down the Pacers in the season's first meeting.
Central Division-leading Indiana tries to bounce back from a disheartening loss when it visits Orlando on Friday night.
Leading by 10 in the fourth quarter, the Pacers (38-23) appeared on their way to beating Boston on Wednesday before suddenly going cold at the offensive end. Indiana shot 4 for 20 in the fourth and didn't score after taking a nine-point lead with 4:36 remaining.
They had a chance to force overtime but Kevin Garnett found a wide-open Jeff Green under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds left, handing the Pacers an 83-81 defeat. It was just the second time in 24 games that Indiana, second in the...