Much has happened in Pacerland within the last week. From Paul George winning Eastern Conference Player of the Month to two tough losses against Portland and Utah, the Pacers have gone nonstop. As they recap the highs and lows, they must prep for their toughest opponent, the Golden State Warriors.
Hailed as the perfect ones, the Pacers must strategize how they will demolish Golden State’s flawless record. But, do they have the man power to give the reigning 2015 NBA Champions a run for their record?
The key to a home court victory over the number one team in the West is to shut down their offensive game. Offense is the heart, soul, and brains of the Warriors’ operation. With the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry, pouring in 32.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 5.8 APG, while Draymond Green assists by having posted three triple-doubles this season, stopping this duo must be on the Pacers’ to-do list.
Pacers’ guard Monta Ellis must force Curry to go to the basket and take shots that are out of his comfort zone. Keep him away from the three-point line, and never leave him unguarded. Ellis must remain inside Curry's jersey at all costs.
Paul George must use his “in your face” defense to stop Draymond Green in his tracks. He’s a versatile forward that’s not afraid to maneuver the hardwood court. George’s ability to switch between offensive and defensive mode will pose a serious threat for Green.
Aside from player roles, coaching is extremely critical for this matchup. Creating plays to disturb the normalcy of this well-oiled machine will place the Pacers ahead of the Warriors. Strong defensive plays are the key to destroying the Warrior Empire.
Tonight’s matchup against the champions will truly test the athleticism, physicality, brains, and fight ingrained in the Indiana Pacers. A win of this magnitude would go down as the biggest victory for the team’s regular season.