by Ryan McNeill / @ryanmcneill
The fact that the Indiana Pacers rank fifth in the NBA with 44.6 rebounds per game and third in points allowed isn’t a fluke.
For Indiana, that toughness on the glass and on the defensive end is part of the smashmouth basketball their head coach wants them to play with this season.
“We want teams to feel like they were in a heavyweight fight after they played against us,” head coach Frank Vogel joked with the media this weekend. “We want to play physical inside and be the stronger team.”
While Vogel may have made that comment in jest, the reality is Indiana takes great pride in being a mentally and physically tough basketball team.
“We’re a tough team,” Paul George boasted. “The biggest thing that we have is everybody is in for one another. If somebody is getting a little too aggressive with one of our players, one of our players is taking it right back at him. That’s just an example of how we have each other’s backs out there on the court. When we’re all