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Paul George says Pacers are the Seattle Seahawks of the NBA

Feb 7, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

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Defense first. Physical. Intimidating because of that physicality. A tight-knit locker room. Better offense than you give them credit for. They talk enough smack to piss off the establishment. Not in a top 10 market but with a passionate fan base starved for a winner.

I just described the Seattle Seahawks.

I also just described the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers players watched the Super Bowl… well, like you they watched the first half pretty closely but by the second half were focused on the beer, chili and other people at the party. But the Pacers saw themselves in the Seahawks.

That’s what Paul George told the USA Today.

“We approach it as a physical team and we do everything from a toughness standpoint,” George said.

Then he said, “Like Seattle….

“Seattle’s got individual guys that stand out defensively, as we do, and as a group we put it all together,” George said of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. “We’re a great comparison to that team because we do it from an individual standpoint and as a group.”

He’s not wrong.

The Pacers have long, athletic defenders on the wing like Paul George, Lance Stephenson and George Hill who will chase you off the three point line, and if you drive past them into the paint you run into the 7’2” wall that is Roy Hibbert. The Pacers allow only 18.3 three point attempts a game against them (fourth best in the NBA) and teams only shoot 33.2 percent on the shots they do take from there (second best in the NBA). The Pacers also have allowed the fewest field goal attempts in the league inside five feet and on those shots teams only shoot 52.3 percent, the lowest percentage allowed in the league.

It’s an interesting comparison George makes. We’ll see if their seasons end the same way.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Mandatory PED testing now…

    • spthegr8 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      That’s what I was thinking. The Cheathawks are a bunch of LOUD mouth, Blow hard , cheaters!! Bad comparison Pg. This is worse than Kg’s Hyena reference last yr!

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        The Pacers should just STFU. They’ve been to the ECF once and are in a shietty East where any half decent team has a chance to make it to the ECF this year.

        They talk too much. How much do the Blazers talk? Thunder? Spurs? Warriors? Rockets? Clippers? mayble last year but not this year.

  2. soopreme - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Talk ,Talk, Tallk.
    They better win it all this year!!

    • metalhead65 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      it’s not talk if you back it up and they have. I don’t understand how what the Pacers say is considered trash talk. let’s see we want to have the best record so we can have home court advantage in the playoffs, how dare they say that! or what George just said, what exactly is wrong with pointing out the truth? the stats the geeks use all back up the fact they are the best in the league on the defensive end of the game and they score enough to win games don’t they? that says they are not that bad offensively even if the experts do not want to give them credit for.hate all you want but at least they made the moves to make them a contender.

      • kinggw - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Nobody is hating. Its simply getting old with the Pacers trying to talk themselves into a championship. They can talk all they want, they haven’t won anything. If and when they dethrone the Heat and/or win a title they can talk all they want.

        They haven’t backed up anything. They currently have the best record in the NBA, that doesn’t translate to a NBA title. They are a good team. Although I don’t believe it will happen, they could very well knock off the Heat and win a title. Until that happens, they should keep their collective mouths shut.

      • soopreme - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        The Pacers had a very good defense for the last 2 years but what has that gotten them.
        If I remember correctly, Paul George did a disappearing act at least two games against the Heat in the playoffs last year so he has a lot to prove.
        When something before you proclaim how great your team is!

      • fanofthegame79 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        It is talk right now because they haven’t won anything. There’s nothing wrong with pointing out the truth, but if the LeBron said this about the Heat (comparing themselves to the Super Bowl champions at the time), he would have been roasted. I like when a player/team can just put their heads down, keep their mouths shut, and work (read: win). And if they do win it all this year, good for them for backing it up. Sure, I won’t be a happy camper because I want the Heat, but I always respect the champion.

  3. neko02011980 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Very good comparison.
    I would much rather root for them than the Heat.

  4. 2016olympics - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Prediction…Pacers get past the Heat but still fall short of a title.

  5. antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Yep – the Pacers love to talk.

    But the Seahawks actually had a good offense. A top 8 offense to go with their #1 defense. Where do the Pacers rank offensively today? 20th? That’s not going to get it done.

    • kb2408 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Who loves to talk more than the Heat? And I’m talking about pre-championship Heat. Indy can talk the talk because if both squads are healthy come playoff time, they’re gonna walk the walk too. Indy vs Okc for all the marbles.

      • kinggw - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        There is a huge difference between lbj and crew facetiously talking about winning 8 championships during a pep rally (when none of them were signed beyond 5 years) and the Pacers constantly running their mouths throughout the season.

        Apples and oranges.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        “Who loves to talk more than the Heat?”

        The Pacers. Plus, unlike the Pacers, the Heat in 2010 had players and coaches who had actually been to the finals, and – you know – even won. So they knew what it took to get there, they weren’t just talking out the side of their neck like Indiana.

        But the Heat haven’t “talked” about anything since 2010 – and even then they never said, “we’re the best defense in the league” or “we’re the Saints of the NBA.” LeBron said, “if we play the right way we can win multiple championships.” It’s the same thing Jordan once said, same thing Derrick Rose said, and even Russell Wilson mentioned winning multiple Super Bowls.

        ”Hopefully we can win nine, ten, eleven titles in a row. The question is where we stand as a team in history. I think we can look forward, and I’m not guaranteeing anything, but if we can put this thing together, we can make our own mark on history.” – Michael Jordan, 1992

        ”Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven. Hey, I’m not just up here blowing smoke at none of these fans. We believe we can win multiple championships if we take care of business and do it the right way.” – LeBron James, 2010

        ”There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’m going to win a championship. I’m going win multiple championships.” – Derrick Rose, 2011

  6. rastaraider - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    And Paul George is Richard Sherman …
    Shut the f up
    Watch out for them warriors

    • kb2408 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      I’m sure he’ll gladly accept that comparison…last time I checked, Sherman was seen at a championship parade. At it wasn’t in Denver.

  7. bballhistorian - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Paul George is right….

    …only if basketball playoff games were a 1-game series.

  8. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Now I want chili.

  9. kb2408 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    If both teams are healthy, the Pacers are gonna kick the Heat’s butt. The reason why they talk is because they know they should’ve beaten Miami last season and are even better this season. I’ve been saying this for two years, the Heat are the least feared champs of the last decade. The only team that was on their level in that regards is the Mavs title team. Indy does not fear Miami.

  10. danmarinos1stlovechild - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Is he speaking to us or himself?

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    4 out of 7 my man. 4 out of 7

  12. erking1991 - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    With as much as the Pacers have been running their mouths, idk if I’m rooting for them or the Heat in the East Finals. (This from a Cleveland fan aka Lebron Hater)

  13. ranfan12 - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    what’s this i hear about him not playing defense in the bedroom lol

  14. jzone954 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Yawn. “Not 6, not 7”

  15. legend30 - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    The Pacers number one goal is to beat the Heat, not winning a championship.

  16. rainmaker1982 - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Doesn’t work in the NBA. If you breathe on LeBron, it’s a foul. Also, the Heat have a good defense. The Pacers will lose again to them in the conference finals.

  17. miamatt - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    So desperate for attention, it really is getting old.

    Sounds to me like the Pacers are trying to convince themselves they can do it.

    I can’t wait to watch their post-series press conferences after the Heat knock them out AGAIN.

  18. jollyjoker2 - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    NBA isn’t the NFL. You need a superstar in the NBA…Indiana…I don’t see anyone anywhere.

  19. 25yearindyfan - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Hey dummies, Paul George didn’t write the article. He referenced similarities between two great defenses. You Miami fans are so ignorant. Nowhere does Paul George guarantee anything. Hate on.

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