After a domineering performance on Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Indiana Pacers are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. The physical play of the defensive-minded Pacers has completely shut down the offensive rhythm of their opponents this season. Not only is Indiana’s 7’2’’ center Roy Hibbert leading the NBA with 4.38 blocks per game (Serge Ibaka led the league last year with 3.03 blocks per game), but the NBA’s only remaining undefeated team also ranks #1 in points against.
The Pacers are holding their opponents to a meager 84.5 points per game, and even though it would be nearly impossible to maintain a sub-85 points against average for an entire season, Indiana’s defense appears to be the league’s most dominant for the second year in a row. Even more impressive is the fact that the Pacers are outscoring their opponents by an average of over 10 points, while holding opponents to a league-low .389 field goal percentage.
As a result, the Pacers are finally getting some much-deserved attention from the sports media world. After a grueling and heartbreaking seven game series against Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals last summer, it would be a mistake to call Indiana’s early eight game winning streak a fluke. This team plays incredibly hard and they are hungry for success. Especially Paul George, their 23-year-old leading scorer and a freak of nature who has rapidly improved in each of his four seasons in the NBA.
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