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    http://www.indystar.com/article/2012...ws|text|Sports

    Pacers look interesting once again

    The city of Indianapolis has bigger issues
    on its plate right now:

    The fate of Indianapolis Colts coach Jim
    Caldwell. The decision on quarterback
    Peyton Manning. The draft of Andrew Luck. A
    nd, of course, whether to attend the
    Maxim or Rolling Stone Super Bowl parties.
    (OK, that's my issue.)

    The Indiana Pacers, for the time being, are
    a secondary consideration.

    Which is too bad, really, because they're
    writing one of the NBA's best early-season
    stories, and continued to do it Saturday
    night with an easy 97-83 throttling of the
    Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

    After years of flailing, Indiana has a
    contender. Not a championship contender;
    there are less than a handful of teams who
    really have a chance to win the title. But
    they are a playoff team with a chance to
    make some postseason noise, and when's
    the last time you could say that about this
    group?

    Forever, it seems.

    This team is the real deal. After 12 games,
    nine of them victories, this is no longer a
    fun little team carrying momentum off its
    playoff performance against the Chicago
    Bulls. The league should, and will notice:
    There's big-time NBA basketball in
    Indianapolis again.

    What's not to love, except maybe for the
    occasional Danny Granger heave and/or
    silly ejection?

    Frank Vogel:

    If the Pacers keep rolling like this, the
    interim-turned-head coach will get some
    Coach of the Year consideration. In less
    than a year's time, with a lockout thrown in,
    he has completely de-O'Brien-ized and
    lobotomized his team.

    They've now won eight games when scoring
    fewer than 100 points; they did that seven
    times all of last year. Vogel talked about
    "smashmouth" basketball and has
    delivered. They defend. They rebound.
    They get to the free-throw line. In short
    order, he has taken a soft, 3-point
    shooting team and turned it into a beast.

    Saturday night was the perfect illustration.
    Twenty offensive rebounds for 23 second-
    chance points. Forty-two points in the
    paint. And they did what Vogel wanted;
    namely, push the pace. They finished with
    23 fast-break points.

    The new guys, David West and George
    Hill:

    It's a different team, a different locker
    room, a different mind-set with the
    addition of these two old souls. Watch a
    game, and when a Pacers player falls to
    the floor, it's invariably West or Hill coming
    over first to help them up. It's a small thing,
    and it's huge.

    West and Hill get it.

    West's thunderous left-handed dunk over
    Jermaine O'Neal suggested he's pretty
    much past those knee problems.

    Asked if West has exceeded expectations,
    Vogel jumped. "He has, he really has,'' he
    said. "In particular, in terms of fourth-
    quarter offense. Our execution offensively
    in the fourth quarter lost us the Bulls series.
    Already this year, (West) has been
    responsible for two or three wins we
    wouldn't have gotten otherwise.''

    Tyler Hansbrough:

    Every time I watch him play, I think he
    should be wearing a wrestler's singlet. He's
    ungainly and unorthodox, but he has
    proven more people wrong than Tim
    Tebow. A lot of us (blush) thought he'd be
    a deep rotation player on a good team,
    figured his college game wouldn't translate
    to the pro game. Instead, he's been one of
    the best sixth men in the league.

    Although he really should have stuck with
    the rec-specs/yellow headband look. Just
    for my amusement.

    Roy Hibbert:

    Look who's grown up. It takes longer for
    big men to figure it out, and Hibbert has
    finally figured it out. It's not just the
    production, it's the consistency of
    production.

    With Hibbert, it's been as much about the
    mind as about the body. (Remind me to do m
    y relaxation exercises after this column.)
    When something bad happens, it doesn't
    turn into five bad things. When bad games
    happen -- and that hasn't really happened
    yet -- it doesn't turn into a weeks-long
    funk.

    Hibbert was feeling particularly good about
    himself in the third quarter when he hustled back and swatted Kevin Garnett at
    the basket, following that up with some
    Garnett-style woofing.

    "He's just playing more physical," Vogel
    said. "There's no softness to his game
    whatsoever."

    Paul George:

    All he does is whatever the Pacers need on
    a given night. Over time, you'd like to see
    him become more assertive, and he still
    gets called for charging more often than
    anybody would like, but he has a special,
    intuitive sense of what the Pacers need.
    Scoring? He did it Saturday night, did it
    early against the smaller Ray Allen.
    Rebounding? Defending?

    Larry Bird has developed a strong draft
    record (Hibbert, Hansbrough, Granger,
    Lance Stephenson and George), and
    George may prove to be the best of the
    bunch. We are no longer asking the
    question we asked on draft night two
    summers ago: Paul who?

    There's athleticism here. There's power.
    There's depth. There's balance. There's
    unselfishness. There's a hint of nastiness.

    There are still some holes. Bird still wishes
    he had a Jamal Crawford-style mega-
    scorer off the bench. There are nights
    when Granger, still their best player, shoots
    too often and too aimlessly. They still aren't
    getting elite play from the point guard,
    although that hasn't really been necessary.

    But this has the makings of the best year
    since Ron Artest took John Green's
    beverage in the chest. And it's time the city
    began to notice.

    Now about Jim Caldwell . . .

    Bob Kravitz is a columnist for The
    Indianapolis Star. Call him at (317) 444-
    6643 or email bob.kravitz@indystar.com
    . You can also follow Bob on Twitter at
    @bkravitz.
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    Great read! Love this article...and yeah all coaches named Jim in Indy must go lol

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    I was really going to commend him for putting it into song form.

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    I'd agree PG play is not elite. However, despite my concern after DC's play in the Philly game, looking at it within the context of the team and running the offense, it's two straight with no TOs and nearly a 3:1 ATO ratio.

    Add in solid FT shooting, improved 3 pt accuracy, and improved (although far from superior) D, and it's hard to complain. 11 pts & 5 asts per on a team with this many options is efficient enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-BONE View Post
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    I'd agree PG play is not elite. However, despite my concern after DC's play in the Philly game, looking at it within the context of the team and running the offense, it's two straight with no TOs and nearly a 3:1 ATO ratio.

    Add in solid FT shooting, improved 3 pt accuracy, and improved (although far from superior) D, and it's hard to complain. 11 pts & 5 asts per on a team with this many options is efficient enough.
    Agreed.

    Except, how can his assist to turnover ratio be be 3:1 when he had no turnovers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McKeyFan View Post
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    Agreed.

    Except, how can his assist to turnover ratio be be 3:1 when he had no turnovers?

    I think he's referring to all season with that last part

    2012 Collison so far: 64 ast's : 22 to's

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    Quote Originally Posted by rel View Post
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    I think he's referring to all season with that last part

    2012 Collison so far: 64 ast's : 22 to's
    Yes, thanks. Meant season avg.

    EDIT: So, in other words, given this particular personnel, we may be able to get buy sufficiently without "superior" PG play, especially in terms of assist stats, assuming DC continues to be efficient/effective in managing the game (including acceptable levels of defensive resistance).
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