Originally posted on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 3/30/13
The Indiana Pacers are currently tied with the New York Knicks for the second seed in the Eastern Conference, despite playing without Danny Granger, who has only appeared in 5 games and is now out for the year. This was a team that struggled to score even with Granger, so how are they playing such excellent basketball? That is simple. They have an elite defense, elite rebounding, top-notch chemistry  and have the top young coach in the NBA, in Frank Vogel, who should be the NBA’s Coach of the Year. The Pacers are 1st in the NBA in defense, 1st in rebounds and simply dominate the paint on both ends. They may not have the best talent in the NBA, but they play hard on both ends, they play as a team and they simply out-tough every team they face. This does not happen without players believing in the coach and his system and they have all completely bought into Vogel as the coach. Every player busts his tail on defense, goes after the loose balls and grabs every rebound they can. They ar...
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