The Joker vs the Batman is my favorite matchup from the DC Universe. The Joker is a very capable villain. If anyone is capable of overcoming Batman,the Joker is. However,I always know in the end the Batman will save the day. There is only one question to be asked; how far will Joker push Batman?
The Joker,to his potential victims who don't know of him,seems like he shouldn't be much of a problem. He looks like a bad clown with a drinking problem to be hired on the cheap for birthday parties. The way he acts doesn't scream supervillain at first glance. Maybe that's why he's so effective. The Pacers didn't look like an elite team. Elite teams generally consist of two or three superstars and a collection of roleplayers. The Pacers are a team. No,they're a TEAM. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. They boast one of the best five man units in the league,and everyone in the unit carries the team at one point or another.
What makes the Joker so compelling to me is how he accomplishes what he wants. Most villains need to plan everything to the last detail. Not so for the Joker(tho he is capable of that),who embraces,causes,and manipulates chaos to his advantage. All the Joker wants is chaos. Sometimes his plots seem more likely to backfire on him than to work as planned,but he doesn't seem to care. He'll make it work out somehow. The Pacers live for chaos as well. Their calling card is defense and rebounding. They boast the league's best defense. Until they mailed in the last month of the regular season,the Pacers were on pace for one of the stingiest defenses ever. It was beautiful chaos. The length and quickness of the Pacers' perimeter made life difficult for anyone with thoughts of driving. Try running around a screen and the Pacers would fight over it,never letting you see day. It was frustrating. Even if you made it past the long arms and quick feet,you'd find you were funneled to The Big Monocle aka Roy Hibbert,shot blocker supreme. The Pacers held teams to a league low in shooting in the restricted area. This all made for ugly games,but the Pacers love to play ugly. Ugly and chaotic is also how the Pacers play on offense. The Pacers offensive struggles are well chronicled,so I don't feel the need to get too deep here. But you'll struggle to find a better 'ugly-ball' team. It seemed like just getting a shot off was a victory sometimes. They relied on offensive rebounds,and were very good at bringing them in. Sometimes vs Miami it seemed like someone would take a jumpshot,not because it was a great look,but because Hibbert was being fronted,so maybe the shot goes in,or maybe it'll miss short and act as an entry pass. The Joker is a great villain,but in the end we know Batman will save the day. Batman is a genius,the world's greatest detective,a successful businessman by day,and is honed to physical perfection. He's just a bit better at what he does. We also know that the Joker is a good enough villain that he brings out Batman's best.