After a disappointing end to their 2011-12 campaign, the Indiana Pacers are on their way to another playoff appearance. At 24-16, they lead the Central Division and are third in the Eastern Conference, just 2.5 games behind the Miami Heat.
Behind the strong play of Paul George and David West on offense and Roy Hibbert anchoring the defense, the Pacers have been able to keep teams from scoring while being able to score just enough to win.
They don't have the best offense, but their defense is as good as it gets in the NBA. The Pacers just have to continue doing what they've been doing all season long: playing defense and crashing the boards.
As long as they follow that formula, there's no doubt that they can be a legitimate playoff threat.
Note: All stats are as of Jan. 17, 2013.