Found November 19, 2013 on In The Neutral Zone:
  After an early start to the NBA season, many fans are asking with serious trepidation, just how good are the Pacers?  Can they be taken seriously as a legitimate contender in the Eastern conference?   Headed with the leadership of 3rd year player, Paul George and his 25 PPG, and his excellent shooting, they are absolutely going in the right and rising direction. The 2013 Most Improved Player, Paul George, has made a considerable increase is scoring this year. He can stick it from anywhere on the court and is doing just that, each and every night. George brings an aspect to the team that immediately changes opponent’s design of how they are going to defend. With Roy Hibbert in the middle and his defensive aggressiveness that covers the paint, swatting 4+ shots/game. Then of course, they have the silent leader in Lance Stephenson, who gives the Pacers the court vision when they need it. Both who have brought their games up from last year, and last year they were both good. They play a tough, physical style, which can wear down teams night after night. Winning games by sheer chest to chest bumping defense and using physical play to their best advantage.  The Pacers have now developed their team concept around George and his abilities on the court. Which is the best direction to go in, and this entire time, still without their former star standout Danny Granger. Last year, in the playoffs, they shocked many, when they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, and obviously brought the eventual champions Miami to 7 games, playing toe to toe with them, showing them that they could play with anyone. Playing them to an average score of 95-91, and controlling Chris Bosh to a horrendous 37% shooting, with the bigger body play.   Last year’s effects have carried over to this year with aggression. Scoring has remained generally the same compared to last year, but they have added a better deep ball. Their defense has improved, in comparison with last year’s squad. This year, if they can keep up their pace (no pun intended)like they are this year, they seriously could be a 60+ win season, and is they could perhaps grab home court. What kind of difference could that make in the postseason? At home the Pacers currently are holding opponents to only 81 a game; this could be a very dangerous to opponents. This year’s improvements, by adding youngster backup, Donald Sloan to the team has gotten them better on the ball handling side of things; he doesn’t turn the ball over, and can give them some scoring as well. He is giving them good point guard play and also the fact that he brings decent rebounding along with him as well. The Pacers have made some major great steps in the right direction, and the bulk of them were smooth moves that will make this team a contender for seasons to come. The Heat and the Bulls certainly have to keep a wary eye out over their shoulders, or quite possibly an eye ahead. Written by TonyK of 6 total views, 6 views today

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