The Indiana Pacers are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history, but are they for real? That’s the question that we all seem to be asking.
The first step in answering that question is asking a few others.
Do they have a superstar or a budding superstar? Check. (Paul George)
Do they have a legitimate MVP candidate? Check. (Paul George)
Do they play defense? Check. (Indiana is No. 1 in the the league, allowing 89.2 points per 100 possessions)
Do they have a quality coach? Check. (Frank Vogel is one of the great young coaches in the league, as we all saw in last year’s playoffs)
Do they have a bench? Check. (The fact that Luis Scola is the 7th or 8th best player on this team says it all)
I keep trying to find a hole on this team, or something that could keep them from winning an NBA Title, but I keep coming out empty-handed.
The Pacers are 7-0 and are well on their way to at least another Eastern Conference Finals appearance. If this team doesn’t win I’m not sure what would be an allowable excuse.
Indiana is gunning for the home court advantage, they’ve been clear about that. Something tells me that if they can lock that up, the back-to-back defending champs could be in trouble.
I know it’s only 7-0 but for some eerie feeling, it feels like the Pacers are 20-0. Weird.
If you still have your doubts, the Pacers face the Grizzlies, Bulls and Knicks in three of their next four games. If they come out 3-0, what else can you say about them?