The team seems happier in their body language and in the play and the team is in the position of holding a playoff spot instead of fighting for one.
But three straight losses-including a 17-point drubbing at the hands of the Rockets-caused quite a bit of tension on Saturday night.
A number of reports-initially by the Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells on Twitter-had the team engaging in a loud argument inside the locker room at the Honda Arena.
"You've got to expect sometimes that you're gonna have disagreements, people argue," said Danny Granger of the post game exchange between teammates. "You've just got to control it and move on."
According to a number of players that has happened after the team returned from an 0-3 road trip through the Western Conference-one in which the Pacers lost to Oklahoma City, Dallas and Houston by double digits.
"We got into each other and we really played hard."
Arguing the same is not a concern for Vogel, who is dealing with his first slump of his young coaching career. He echoed similar sentiments of Granger and Hibbert, expressing little concern over the post-game anger in Houston.
"The one thing you can say about our guys is that they do not like losing," said Vogel. "They are very much focused on making the playoffs and they're not satisfied with losing three in a row.
"They're mad at how they played, mad at themselves. The chemistry is still very strong, they're just not happy that we didn't win one of those games."
For what its worth, it didn't change their standings much in the very erratic Eastern Conference, one in which the Pacers own a one-game lead for the final playoff spot. Plus the team chasing them-the Charlotte Bobcats-traded their best player Gerald Wallace.
The Pacers now are looking up at their Tuesday opponent, Philadelphia, who owns the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference by five games over the Pacers.
"They're just playing more solid basketball. Coach Collins does a great job, they're defending very well, they're up to eighth in the league in field goal defense," said Vogel of Philadelphia. "As always they're a great transition team."