Wildwood Crest native Frank Vogel coaches the Indiana Pacers. Every Sunday, The Press looks back on the Pacers' week of games.
Sunday: The Pacers lost 107-94 to the Orlando Magic, with Dwight Howard scoring 30 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. It was Indiana's fourth straight loss.
"We've had a five-game losing streak a couple of weeks ago," Vogel told the Associated Press. "Then we won six straight. We know we're a good team. We know the schedule is going to hit you hard sometimes, and you've got to do the best you can to manage it. We have a great deal of confidence that we're a good team right now."
Tuesday: Indiana led by as many as 29 points in a 92-75 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Reserve Lou Amundson scored a career-high 21 points.
"Our bench was spectacular," Vogel said on the Pacers' website. "They took charge in the second quarter and Lou Amundson was MVP. It was a really good team effort all the way around."
Wednesday: The Pacers made it two in a row, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 111-94.
"I'm very proud of our guys for rising to the challenge and stepping up in a big game," Vogel said on the Pacers' website. "We limited them in transition, which was the key to the game. Tonight we probably had our best offensive game of the year, shooting 56 percent with seven turnovers. Just a strong effort."
Friday: The suddenly hot New York Knicks beat the Pacers 115-100 at Madison Square Garden. Indiana trailed by as many as 32.
"We've got to understand what we're facing," Vogel told the AP. "This is an extremely talented team, maybe one of the most talented teams in the NBA, and they're playing with a renewed sense of urgency because of the coaching change like all teams do with coaching changes. So they're a force right now."
Saturday: Indiana lost again to New York, this time 102-88 at home (see accompanying story).
This week: The Pacers (25-17) host the Clippers on Tuesday and then have one day off before playing three nights in a row: at Washington on Thursday, back home against Phoenix on Friday and at Milwaukee on Saturday.