Pacers: What to Watch For

Pace. The Pacers are primarily a halfcourt offense. Their main weapon is the dribble penetration. They also like feed their big men Roy Hibbert, who plays more in the paint and can be dominating in stretches, and David West, who has range anywhere inside the arc and is a great passer. Every now and then the Pacers will speed up and try to run.Big Men. The Pacers are BIG. Much bigger than the Heat, and that could cause problems throughout the series. They have 4 big men in their rotation, Hibbert, West, Tyler Hansborough, and Lou Amundson that provide them with great length and make them one of the best rebounding teams in the league. That rebounding also leads to a lot of 2nd chance points. The undersized Heat bigs will have their work cut out trying to limit this size. Roy Hibbert (55)

Wing Versatility.  That size also extends to their perimeter players.  Their perimeter players have great size with the ability to defend point guards allowing them to switch on pick and rolls.

Those were some of their strengths, here are some of the Pacers’ weaknesses:

Assists.  They don’t have a lot of them.  The Pacers have a few guys that can create their own shots, which at times causes the ball the stick.  They are not very effective when running plays, and they try to set up their offense out of the post.  For the most part their ball movement is weak and they are turnover prone.

Transition.  They aren’t the worst, but they aren’t the best.  They are an average transition team, but don’t look to run all that much.

Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2)

Hibbert’s Lateral Quickness.  For  a man with his size, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Why am I mentioning this, then?  Because the Heat should take advantage of this and try to involve him in the pick and roll as much as possible.

Fouls.  The Pacers are an aggressive team, at times too aggressive.  They committed the 3rd most fouls in the league.  Their big men are susceptible to getting in foul trouble.  A team like the Heat, on their own a very high free throw shooting team, should be licking their chops.  Expect Wade, Bron, and Bosh to attack, attack, attack, and get them in foul trouble.

Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) reacts after being called for a foul


Heat in 5.  The Heat take first 2 at home, Pacers take Game 3 at their place, Heat take the last 2.

Topics: 2012, 2nd Round, Danny Granger, Darren Collison, David West, Heat, Keys, Pacers, Playoffs, Roy Hibbert, What To Watch For

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