Let's face it. No team shows up every night and dominates. Great teams play great most of the time, and even when they don't play great, they oftentimes find ways to win.
The Pacers have shown signs of this resilience early in the 2012 season and pretty much since Frank Vogel took the reigns as the interim coach a year ago.
So far this season, the team has struggled to score. The Pacers' shooting has been atrocious, and key guys they typically depend on in Danny Granger and Darren Collison haven't scored as much as everyone had hoped.
David West has not been locked in yet, and nobody is guaranteed on an open look at this point. The Pacers have left a lot of shots on the court in this early season, yet they are sitting at 5-2 and feel pretty good about themselves.
Perception equals reality.
Regardless of how the Pacers win, they win, which means they are winners. Good teams find ways to win.
Looking back at the 2011 playoffs, the Bulls were down by double digits multiple times throughout the series, yet they won the first three games. They didn't have the best series, and the Pacers played better than anyone thought they could.
The Bulls still found ways to win, though. They were resilient.
This Pacers group has shown no signs of giving up, and that is a great mindset to be in when talking about competing in a playoff series.
When you add in the veterans David West and George Hill, it is only going to accelerate the team's ability. The Pacers are a more complete team this season both on paper and mentally. As they continue to pull out victories, I only expect them to continue the trend of finding ways to win.
As 2012 progresses, I expect the Pacers to become an even more complete team. As their shooting percentage rises and players start performing up to capability, look for them to be dangerous come playoff time.