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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/3559148

    Pacers' defensive will could clip Celtics
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    Charley Rosen / Special to FOXSports.com
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    The outcome of this slam-bang series will by decided by sheer toughness. Fortunately for the Pacers, that's the very quality that allowed them to turn a blighted season into a reasonably successful one.


    The Pacers aren't a prolific scoring team (their 93 ppg ranks 25th), they don't allow many points either (their yield of 92.2 ppg constitutes the fourth-best defense). Their game plan is to grind it out at both ends of the court.

    Indiana's offense is centered around Jermaine O'Neal, who's simply too versatile and too determined to handle for the likes of Antoine Walker, Raef LaFrentz or Mark Blount without considerable help.

    Anthony Johnson and Dale Davis have powerful presences, if limited abilities. Fred Jones is a 3-ball specialist. And the two wild cards in Indiana's offensive schemes are Reggie Miller and Stephen Jackson both of whom are capable of scoring points in bunches.

    For the Pacers, every possession is a war.

    On the other hand, the Celtics are a much more free-wheeling outfit. Walker, Pierce and Ricky Davis shoot first and never ask questions. Gary Payton has lost a step, a hop, a skip and a jump but Johnson doesn't have the jets to burn him. LaFrentz and Blount are both softies and just might melt in the spotlight.

    This is the Eastern Conference's version of the immovable object meeting the irresistible force. Since playoff basketball usually produces much more physical and down-tempo games than the regular season (see: Let the Real Season Begin), don't be surprised if the Celtics' high-velocity hopes are totaled by the Pacers' big-chested game plan. Charley Rosen, former CBA coach, author of 12 books about hoops, the current one being A pivotal season How the 1971-72 L.A. Lakers changed the NBA, is a frequent contributor to
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    This is the first time I've seen a national piece mentioning the importance of Dale. Matter of fact this is the first national article I've seen in a long time that actually makes me believe that the author watches the Pacers.
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    It's amazing to hear Freddie described as a 3-ball specialist. Before this year, anything further away than a dunk was considered out of his range. Now he's the second coming of Reggie.

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    It's amazing to hear Freddie described as a 3-ball specialist. Before this year, anything further away than a dunk was considered out of his range. Now he's the second coming of Reggie.
    It's amazing to see that Sjax is listed as a "wild card." I mean he only leads the team in points, and its been like 30 some odd games since he last scored in single digits.

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    It's amazing to hear Freddie described as a 3-ball specialist. Before this year, anything further away than a dunk was considered out of his range. Now he's the second coming of Reggie.
    I'm getting sick of hearing this. The guy can drive to the hoop and block shots as well. Plus he's an above-average perimeter defender. He even won the Slam Dunk contest last year, for chrissakes.

    I really think that most sports journalists simply aren't paying attention to him.

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    It's amazing to hear Freddie described as a 3-ball specialist. Before this year, anything further away than a dunk was considered out of his range. Now he's the second coming of Reggie.
    Okay you make a good point, perhaps this guy hasn't watched the pacers for the past week and a half. I would rank Fred as just an above average three point shooter. Although his horrible lack of arch scares me.
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    Seems to me most national "experts" are picking the Pacers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unclebuck
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    Seems to me most national "experts" are picking the Pacers.
    A bad sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthem
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    A bad sign.
    No doubt
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    No doubt
    This happened 2 years ago too

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    "Fred Jones is a 3-ball specialist."

    Fred has really come a long way with his shooting.

    The fact everyone is picking us scares me, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Dave
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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/3559148


    For the Pacers, every possession is a war.


    After re-reading, I've decided that I really like this statement. It will become my sig, and it needs to be the Pacers motto going into the playoffs. Hell our starting Center has "WAR" blazened across his shoulder.
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