Larry Bird is not happy with his Indiana Pacers coach

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Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird admits he's concerned with his team's recent form - despite boasting the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers (47-17) beat the Boston Celtics 94-83 in Indiana on Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

But Bird insists he's been unhappy with the Pacers' attitude to games in recent weeks and thinks they need to be more ruthless to kill off weaker opponents.

"A lot of times, we don't take the fight to them [the opponent]," Bird told the Indianapolis Star as reported by ESPN.

"A lot of times we sit back and wait and see how it goes. And that was the case even when we were winning a lot of games early in the season.

"We've got to be mentally prepared to really go after the teams we're playing against. We can't have the mindset it's just another game; it's a very important game. All of them are."

Bird went on to say that he's not angry with his Pacers players, just disappointed. As any kid who's done something wrong knows, that's probably worse.

And the Hall-of-Fame star went on urge Pacers coach Frank Vogel to be more assertive with his players.

Bird wants his coach to get more fight from his group, especially as they head towards the playoffs. The Pacers made moves before the trade deadline to give themselves a better chance of progressing past the Miami Heat, bringing in Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum.

Can Vogel make it work though?

"I'm sort of going to Frank's side because he's had so much success by staying positive," Bird continued.

"We do have to stay the course. But I also think he's got to start going after guys when they're not doing what they're supposed to do. And stay on them, whether you've got to take them out of the game when they're not doing what they're supposed to do, or limit their minutes.

"I will say, he hasn't done that enough."

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