A lot of the talk about the Pacers this year emphasizes the 3-pointer. And it is true that the team is taking more shots (about three more per game) from behind the arc than their opponents.
But what may be more important is the Pacers' ability to score from up close.
Through 25 games, the Pacers have scored one fewer point than their opponents collectively.
The Pacers have scored 600 points on 3-pointers, to their opponents' 546. That is an advantage of 54 points.
But the Pacers have scored 166 more points in the paint than their opponents. They've outscored their opponent in the paint 19 times in 25 games.
It seems to me the Pacers have a nicely balanced offense. They don't take too many 3s (they took the most during the early six-game losing streak), but they use the three to worry the opponent's defense.
Maybe it is time to reconsider the "Live by the 3, die by the 3" formula.