Frank Vogel smirked. David West shook his head. Roy Hibbert rolled his eyes.

The Indiana Pacers know their 3-4 record could easily be 6-1 if not for some missed shots and errors in the fourth quarter of games. A D.J. Augustin missed 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer against Charlotte. A 14-point fourth-quarter collapse in Atlanta. A defensive breakdown in the final seconds at Minnesota.

If the Pacers have learned anything during the first two weeks of the season it's that their margin for error is slim to none.

They were able to get away with some of those things last season, but that's not the case this season with Danny Granger out and a bench that has yet to form an identity.

"When you're dealing with new guys, a new rotation, new roles for everybody, both with the shifted bench and with Danny being out, it does shrink your margin for error," Vogel said. "I think a lot can be said on why we have been in so many close games."