Indiana Pacers: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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Last season, the Indiana Pacers fell off like Big Mac toppings and nobody knew what to expect during the offseason. The Pacers are a team that has the talent to compete for an NBA championship, but seems to have issues playing together and keeping their head in the game. This is a tough team to get a finger on.
Anyway, here is your Indiana Pacers season preview.
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Key Additions: C.J. Miles, Rodney Stuckey
Key Losses: Lance Stephenson, Evan Turner, Paul George (injury)
Biggest Strength: It’s tough to pinpoint a strength for the Indiana Pacers because nobody knows what to expect from this team this season. Is it going to be the Pacers who have their eyes set on an NBA championship or the Pacers who lose to bottom feeder teams and fighting with teammates? Anyway, the main strength for the Pacers has to be defense. Frank Vogel preaches team defense and the team buys into it 100 percent. The Pacers were second in the league last season in points allowed and simply take pride in holding their opponent under 100 points. With tough guys like David West and Luis Scola back in the fold, the Pacers should once again be one of the better defensive teams in the NBA.
Biggest Weakness: Right now the biggest weakness is the injury to Paul George, as the Pacers top player is likely going to miss the entire season after getting hurt in the FIBA competition. The Pacers, a team that struggled to score enough as it is, now lost their top scorer in Lance Stephenson and their best overall player in Paul George. Yikes. It’s going to be impossible to replace George’s production and any hopes of coming out of the East this season have simply been crushed the second he shattered his leg.
Expectations: It’s hard to expect much of anything from the Indiana Pacers this season with the injury to George, loss of Stephenson and the way things ended last year. With experience and defense, the Pacers may still have enough to clinch a bottom seed in the East, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they missed the playoffs altogether. This is pretty much a lost season for the Pacers and will be a tough year for Indiana fans.