There are a lot of ways to explain how dominating Indiana’s defense is. Just look at the numbers, for starters. They are historically elite. Or you show Roy Hibbert’s blocks (like this legendary swat on Carmelo), analyze Paul George’s ability to contain superstars (like Carmelo, Kobe and Dwyane) or note their record this season when they have held opponents to 100 points or less (20-0).
But the above shows why the defense is so good.
What Roy Hibbert does isn’t going to make any highlights, nor is the work of Paul George. But between these two maintaining perfect position and showing perfect discipline against ball fakes — not to mention George Hill and Lance Stephenson shutting off lanes for potential passes that most players would readily allow — this is how the sausage is made. It’s stuff like this, possession in and possession out, that grinds the opponents’ scoring rate down to historically meager proportions.
Watch the tape, kiddos, and remember that blocks are cool for highlights, but the best way to prevent points is just by standing in front of your man and the hoop and making him take a tough, contested shot.
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