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NBA Coach Says Team Had ‘Embarrassing’ Performance In Loss

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The Indiana Pacers couldn’t keep the momentum going.

Following back-to-back big wins at home, they dropped the ball in their return to Madison Square Garden, and they’re now one loss away from packing their bags and finishing their season.

The New York Knicks were the better, tougher, and more motivated team from start to finish.

They clearly put an emphasis on dominating the offensive glass, with Isiah Hartenstein looking like prime Dennis Rodman out there.

That’s why, following the loss, coach Rick Carlisle called out his players for the lack of intensity on both ends of the floor, calling it an “embarrassing” performance (via NBA TV).

'We all own it, but very embarrassing."

Pacers HC Rick Carlisle on their Game 5 performance

— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 15, 2024

At least, this time, he didn’t blame it on the referees or whatnot.

The Knicks might be worn out and exhausted, and they’re definitely not as deep as the Pacers, with all the injuries they’ve had, but they continue to look dominant.

Tyrese Haliburton has been subpar more often than not in the playoffs, and that was on full display again on Tuesday night.

He was mostly standing in a corner, either letting T.J. McConnell run the offense or being passive when he had an opportunity to drive to the lane.

Pascal Siakam also hasn’t been aggressive enough as a scorer, and while the Pacers have plenty of guys who can score in double-figures, they seemingly went through the motions in Game 5.

The series will now head back to Indianapolis for a win-or-go-home Game 6, and they will need to take a deep look in the mirror and go back to what worked for them in Games 3 and 4.

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