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Vise Grip: Indiana Pacers Season Preview

(Posting on behalf of MAMBINO contributor AO)

Starting Five: PG George Hill, SG Lance Stephenson, SF Paul George, PF David West, C Roy Hibbert
 
Key Bench Players: SF Danny Granger, PF Luis Scola, PG CJ Watson
 
Notable offseason additions: Scola, Watson, F Chris Copeland
 
Notable offseason subtractions: PF Tyler Hansborough, PG DJ Augustin, SF Gerald Green
 
FACT OR FICTION: The Pacers are the biggest threat to the Miami Heat 3-peat, East OR West.
 
FACT. In consecutive seasons the Pacers have gone out swinging, pushing the Heat harder than any team not from San Antonio, TX. In 2012 they lost 4-2 in the Conference semifinals and this year the upstarts boxed their way to a 4-3 bloodbath. Those were also Frank Vogel’s first two full years as head coach and he has undoubtedly established one of the most consistent character teams in the league. A ‘character team’ is one that has an identity. Indiana plays a physical, wear-you-out style night in and night out. They don’t waver. Think of the Chicago Bulls on the defensive end, but with legitimate scoring options on the offensive end.… Read more...