Indiana Pacers are the most infuriating team in the NBA

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The Indiana Pacers are as Jekyll and Hyde an organization as you can get in professional basketball.

One minute Paul George and Roy Hibbert are working in total harmony, putting the Wizards to the sword on route to taking a 3-1 lead in their playoff series.

The next, they are on the receiving end of a humbling defeat against the same opponents with the scoreboard pointing to a 33 point deficit as the buzzer sounds.

Their struggles must make for many heated debated in Indiana, but these debates will not be the same heard in bars across Milwaukee or Utah because the Pacers you see are a good team.

That is the source of the frustration when watching Frank Vogel's team put out one of their all too frequent dismal displays.

Unlike the Bucks or the Jazz the Pacers have the tools at their disposal to be a real force in the NBA.

You know when you see Roy Hibbert go for zero points and zero rebounds in a game that he is capable of so much better, and the infuriating thing is that the 2014 All-Star has shown that in recent games (Tuesday night excluded) with two performances verging on double-doubles.

You know when you see them lose three of five at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the postseason, that they have previously held the best home record in the entire NBA during the regular season - losing just six in 41 games.

As they struggled to overcome the far weaker Atlanta Hawks during the first round of the NBA playoffs the frustration made it's way from the seats, couches and internet forums and into the Pacers locker room.

And as their series with the Wizards rolled around it looked like the Pacers roster were ready to implode amidst talk of heated debates and backlash as they struggled to find a winning formula.

But at their core the Indiana Pacers are a team with two NBA All-Stars in their midst and plenty of talent around them, a team who are capable of combining to create a near league-best defense.

To find themselves then heading for a Game Five having allowed 100 points against the leagues 16th best offense to sacrifice an opportunity to progress to the Eastern Conference Finals sums up their inability to function at the top level on a regular basis.

Whether that is the fault of Vogel remains in doubt, for it is the players who should take the brunt of the blame.

They know they are capable of better, they have proved to everyone they can mix it with the best of them (see Eastern Conference Finals series 2013 and it's seven game see-saw) and as such they are undoubtedly the most infuriating team to watch in the NBA.

At least the 2013-14 Lakers really did suck and weren't just masquerading as an average organization.

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