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Paul George says Bulls success was in Jordan era, today it’s different

Nov 7, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

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The Indiana Pacers are feeling it.

They have been the best team in the NBA to start the season — their defense is still suffocating allowing opposing teams to shoot just 37.5 percent so far (and giving 86.3 points per 100 possessions, best in the league by 5 points in this young season); while on the other end of the court Paul George has taken a step forward averaging 25.8 points per game and hitting 44.4 percent from three.

How good are the 5-0 Pacers feeling after a strong second half Wednesday where they outscored the Chicago Bulls by 33 and brushed aside their division rivals like so many gnats? Look at what George said about the Bulls to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.

“Their success is the Michael Jordan era. This is a new age, this is a new team. It’s ours till they take it.”

Good. If you’re a Pacers fan you want your team and its star player to have that swagger. You want them thinking they can win one more game than they did last year and reach the NBA Finals.

There are 77 games left and the top teams in the East, especially those Bulls, will look different then than they do right now with their slow start to the season. It’s too early to draw any sweeping conclusions.

Still, right now it looks like the Pacers are ready to take the next step in the East. And that should worry the Bulls and Heat.

  1. realfootballfan - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    This team is feeling themselves a bit much after a handful of meaningless regular season games. Quite frankly, while he’s dissing the Bulls, they are exactly the same team a couple of years later with the same makeup that will have a tough time getting through Miami when it’s said and done because of their lack of dynamic scorers on the team outside of George. Sound familiar? Yea, it’s exactly what the Bulls have been with Rose the past few years, great defensively with one dynamic scorer. Tell me the last time a team like that won a championship, I’ll wait.

    • timberwolf530 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Are you on drugs? The same team they were two years ago????????? These guys are still a VERY young team. They not only get better every year, but the improvement is measurable on a monthly basis. Look at Lance Stephenson for example, last year, if he tried to throw a ball in the ocean, it would have landed on the beach. He worked on his shot over the summer, and his 3 pt % has gone from 30% to over 50%. They have mostly the same starters as two years ago, but this is FAR from the “same team” it was then. The starters will continue to improve, and when the bench learns how to play with each other, this team will be even better.

      • realfootballfan - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Can you not read and comprehend. I didn’t say Indy is the same team as they were, but rather they are the same as the Bulls were when they were supposedly the team that was going to knock off the Heat. Not going to happen.

  2. baseball7500 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    The heat are as worried about indiana as they are the bobcats, everyone knows the pacers will lay an egg in the playoffs.

  3. baseball7500 - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Its funny how pacer fans get all paranoid when someone talks about their team, good thing jordan is retired these pacer fans would be cliff jumping by now. And Timberwolf if you guys wanna consider the division title your championship go ahead. The Bulls know how to win NBA titles!

  4. biglarry33 - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    It all started when Rose said the Heat were the Bull’s rivals & not the Pacers. George was just standing up for his team. & to real football fan you realize the Bulls never pushed the Heat pass 5 right? indy got them 7 already & george, hibbert, & stephenson are all improved. The bench is greatly improved. barring injury this pacer team will be better than any team the bulls have ever had that didn’t have MJ. & lol at bulls fans that are like central champs we are NBA champs. yea the pacers got aba rings & bulls got 6 thanks to mj. quit acting like u r the lakers. u had a mega star fall in us lap one time 20 years ago, we get it. Now just play

  5. biglarry33 - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    He’s responding to Rose’s trash talk. The Pacers have 3 ABA titles for the record. No not exactly an LA Laker level of success, but better than most. The Bulls have 6 rings all thanks to Jordan. That was 20 years ago. They are by no means some institution of success like say the New York Yankees. The Pacers have been generally more competitive in my lifetime. Now the 6 rings make the Bulls more successful I get it but those ABA joints count & Paul George is just telling yall he ain’t playing MJ & this ain’t 92. Furthermore, saying the Bulls would have taken Mia to 7 or beat them if Rose wasn’t hurt is stupid. That’s like saying Reggie would have won 3 rings if MJ stayed retired. No one knows that & Rose ain’t getting credit for what he thinks he would of done last year. The Pacers or the fans fear Chicago absolutely 0% so go ahead & brag about 23 years ago….

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