Numbers make the sports world go round. See if these add up.
Sure, the Pacers’ 8-0 start going into tonight’s game against visiting Milwaukee is impressive, but the especially eye-popping number is their defensive efficiency. Indiana allows just 88.9 points per 100 possessions, by far the best number in the league. (Chicago is second at 94.2.)
Over time, that is the number that may prove most important. No one expects an 82-0 season, and offensive woes are sure to appear at times, but defensive consistency will carry this team.