Defensively is where the real improvement has come. Indiana has returned to the idea of getting into the face of the opposition and to the notion of punishing people foolhardy enough to come down the lane in search of easy baskets.
Indiana has the best team in the league. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be proven throughout the remainder of the regular season.
I am also glad that the rest of the regular season will include having Andrew Bynum to come off the bench to play with the second unit.
There have been questions about his ability to fit in. I am confident that Indiana coach Frank Vogel and Pacers GM Larry Bird are convinced Bynum can do that and I will trust them. Bynum adds another supporter to the team's "smashmouth" concept.
It is that concept that will allow the Pacers to have a strong chance to claim an NBA title a few months down the road. I am ready for that run.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh can be reached at: (765) 640-4886 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.