The Pacers have stumbled and practically backed their way into the NBA's second season going 11-13 since March after a franchise-best 16-1 start.
What appeared to be a team that was set to fulfill their preseason billing as the main threats to the Miami Heat's 3-peat title dreams early in the season has turned into a bunch of individuals that look lost on the court as if it were the first time they played together.
Their first order of business - the Atlanta Hawks - is a team that bears an ugly reminder of how bad things got for this Pacers unit. The Hawks handed the Pacers their worst home loss less than two weeks ago when they were held to a franchise-low 23 first half points en-route to a 107-88 blowout wherein the final score suggested little about how one-sided the game was played. Things got so bad that fans reigned Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the loudest "boos" hurled at the home team, and All-Star center Roy Hibbert rode the bench the entire second half.
So what are some questions the number one seeded Pacers need to answer against the Hawks in their first round matchup?