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Are the Indiana Pacers caving under media criticism?

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Considering the Pacers are one defeat away from leaving the play-offs and capping off a poor end to what has been a great season for Frank Vogel's team, Indiana are at a point were their names are constantly on the lips of the media, for all the wrong reasons.

After another defeat to the Miami Heat on Monday night, losing the game at the American Airlines Arena 102-90 and trailing 3-1 in the series, Paul George saw himself grab a $25,000 fine for comments made to the officials.

It was after the Pacers' defeat when George made the regarded comments to ESPN about the officials and how the calls were demoralizing for him and his team at such an important time of the series.

"How rare is it we shoot 50 percent, turn the ball over around 13 or so times, outrebound a team and lose a ballgame? I thought we did a great job. I just thought we did a great job. But, again, they made 30 free throws, and that put them over the edge."

George made a strong point as Miami were awarded 22 free-throws in the second half converting 21 while the Pacers had 17 and scored 11.

But this isn't the first time the Pacers have drawn in the media to hear their views; even Vogel was getting involved as the head coach saw himself have a technical foul called against him in the third for arguing with the referees.

Lance Stephenson is another character the press enjoy hearing from, as the shooting guard has been accountable for three acts.

Recently the Brooklyn born guard bickered about the trash talk held towards him by LeBron James in Saturday night's defeat.

However James went onto state the 23-year-old was the antagonist and he just had to give the abuse back.

There has also been the case last week with Stephenson's flop where the guard suffered a $5,000 fine from the NBA after it was seen as a cheating attempt to draw a foul again putting the Pacers, including Vogel, in the spotlight.

Even before the series started Stephenson, who it seems isn't afraid of attempting to test Heat's patience, called out Dwyane Wade's knee issuing the point he isn't fit enough for the series and is past his best.

Considering the Pacers got off to a flyer winning the first game of the series 107-96 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the team hasn't looked the same since, losing three games on the bounce.

There is the motive they should focus on their play instead of drawing in media attention to their antics, because it is the childish remarks, plays and errors that are costing them this series.

It seems Vogel has a lot of work to do heading towards game five on Wednesday night back in Indiana, as with the home crowd will be behind the players and it may relieve some of the pressure that has been surrounding them in Miami.

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