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Pacers Links: Pacers making league take notice with early success

The Pacers style of play and recent success are raising eyebrows around the league.

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New Orleans Pelicans v Indiana Pacers Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images

The Pacers will hit the road on Tuesday afternoon for their next two games at Charlotte on Wednesday and then at Houston on Friday.

After a 3-1 homestand against quality teams, the Pacers leveled their record at 6-6 and as one of the league leaders in pace, show no signs of slowing down. The team has surprised many around the league, currently ranking second in the league in pace, a couple of ticks slower than Golden State while also ranking near the top of the league with the Warriors and Celtics in both 3-point makes AND takes. Just as everyone suspected from a young Rick Carlisle team...right?

While the offense has carried the Pacers, while also making them immensely fun to watch, the defense remains a work in progress, but the work is also noticeable. In fact, the latest team power rankings at NBA.com, have the Pacers bouncing up from the mid-20’s to No. 13 this week. The great John Schuhmann explains in part:

The Pacers have seen the league’s second biggest jump in 3-point rate, taking 45.0% (fourth highest rate) of their shots from beyond the arc, up from 39.5% (15th) last season. And they topped 50% in wins over New Orleans and Toronto last week, outscoring the Pelicans and Raptors by 60 points (123-63) from 3-point range. Five different Pacers made at least five 3s over the two wins, and that doesn’t include Bennedict Mathurin, who’s one of nine players who’ve shot 45% or better on at least 50 3-point attempts for the season. The starting frontline – Jalen Smith and Myles Turner – combined to go 12-for-24 from deep against the Pels and Raps.

While the sample size remains small, the Pacers are among a few teams (Jazz, OKC) outperforming several assumed playoff teams. Still, as fun as the games have been, the margin of error remains slim between wining and losing for the Pacers. But every time this team puts itself in position to win late, it is a win for the future development of the many young players taking on major roles in the rotation.

Check out the links:

Pacers Practice Availability | November 14, 2022 | NBA.com

Pacers vs. Raptors: Pacers rally from 15 points down with dominant 4th - Indy Star

Running thoughts: Team effort, second-half turnaround carries Pacers to win over Raptors

Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner nominated for Eastern Conference Player of the Week - Sports Illustrated Indiana Pacers news, analysis and more

Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle praises new head coaches of Indiana Fever and Indianapolis Colts - Sports Illustrated Indiana Pacers news, analysis and more

Toronto Raptors sputter in fourth, lose to Indiana Pacers 118-104 - Raptors HQ

Indiana Pacers: Player grades from comeback win over the Raptors

Pacers analyst Quinn Buckner caught an errant pass, was ready to go to work - Awful Announcing

Glad LaMelo Ball is back, Hornets aim to end long skid at Magic

‘Buddy’ Hield and Pacers off to surprising start | The Tribune

Power Rankings, Week 5: Celtics power past Bucks for No. 1 spot | NBA.com

NBA Power Rankings, Week 4 - Utah keeps defying expectations and Luka could be MVP front-runner

How the Rockets, Magic or Pelicans (thanks, Lakers!) could win the Wembanyama sweepstakes - ESPN