I'm not sure if they're the third-best team in the East, but that's what their record says so thus far. There's no questioning that the Pacers have maintained a consistent, suffocating defense this season while their best player for the past five seasons—Danny Granger—is still sitting on the sideline.
But rarely have we ever seen a team win a championship while ranking in the bottom 10 of offensive efficiency (per Hollinger's Team Stats). In fact, the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons championship team actually ranked 19th in offensive efficiency in the league, but only registered a rating of 85.0.
With Granger's return right around the corner, he will undoubtedly boost the Pacers offense, just like he did last year.
So how far can this Pacers team go in the playoffs? This slideshow will break down some of the opponents who they might face during playoff time.