It’s the beginning of April and the Indiana Pacers are finding themselves in position to win the Central Division title and quite possibly secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Being that it’s been almost a decade since their last title I find it to be a big deal. If you follow sports news you might not even realize it. They have gotten into this position very quietly.
With the teams rising star, Danny Granger, suffering what now appears to be a season ending injury the Pacers have had to look to other key players to step up their roles. First time all-star Paul George and David West have become consistent contributors, but on any given night the game-breaking performance could come from a number of players.
I have been a fan of Indiana starting with the beginning of the Reggie Miller era and although they have been exciting to watch for several different years I haven’t been more excited about the direction the team is headed. In the midst of an NBA that is full of superstars and powerhouses the Pacers prove that fundamentals are still essential to victory. Indiana has lead the league in defense and their unselfish style of play on the offensive end allows them to take high percentage shots.
Last year in the playoffs the Pacers were the only team to give the Miami Heat a run for their money. With another year under their belt and many great player additions in the offseason I not only look for them to do so again this year, but I am confident that they are the only team that is capable of beating the Heat in a seven game series. Call me crazy but I am going with the Pacers.