Indiana Pacers head to the Houston Rockets tonight on the back of a two-game losing streak and forward David West admits that his team have lost their 'mojo.'
The NBA's leading team have hit a rough patch not just in the last week, but this poor run of form dates further back, with the Pacers having lost four of their last ten games.
A dominant 40-11 record has suddenly turned into a less powerful 46-15 record, with the Miami Heat now chasing their tails for the first seed in the Eastern Conference going into the play-offs.
West believes that this lack of high quality play, which the Pacers were synonymous with earlier on in the year, has deserted them for around 20 games.
"Over the last 20 games or so, we just haven't had our mojo," forward David West said. "We've got to change some things up because these last 20 games is going to be a battle."
The first of those back to back losses came against Golden State Warriors at home. A lack of physicality by the Pacers has been pointed out as one of their recent downfalls, and West agrees with this sentiment.
"Too much space," West said after Tuesday's 98-96 home loss to Golden State. "We've got to be more combative. We've got to take guys' personal space and impose our will."
Back to back games in Texas over the weekend will test the Pacers resolve, as they face the Rockets at 9:30pm ET tonight before take a trip to Dallas Sunday to play the Mavericks.