Defense wins championships. Isn’t that some old saying that is said in all sports? Granted, everyone loves to see what slam dunk or big shot a person is making, so this season of defense for the Indiana Pacers should be getting national attention. Especially that night against Cleveland Cavaliers and the Pacers allowed 23 points in the second half. That’s 23 points in a half, how impressive is that?
Through 24 games, the Pacers have only allowed over 100 points in a game 6 times. One of those times was an overtime session as well. Look a little deeper and you see the Spurs and Thunder were two of those times. I don’t think many teams could keep the Thunder under 100 as well as they play on offense.
But the Pacers are first in points allowed defense allowing only 90 points a game. Their offense might struggle at times, so it’s the defense that is keeping the team in the games. Roy Hibbert is right near the top in blocks and always has a hand around the ball. It’s very impressive as well that the Pacers don’t get many turnovers, but just play solid enough to get the other team into bad shots.
This type of defense can keep the Pacers right near the top of the Central Division even when Danny Granger makes his way back. I think he plays tougher defense than he gets credit for. Each guy this season has had their moments on defense, and will need to continue to do that. This Pacers team has the chance to be a top contending team once things get rolling, and that defense can be something people will start noticing.