The Indiana Pacers are expected to compete with the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference title. There are certain areas of their game that need refining if they want to beat the defending champs, though.
While Indiana does many things well on the court, they have just as many weaknesses as strengths. Unfortunately, it may be too late to improve in these areas with only five games remaining.
Luckily for the Pacers, though, they've been able to overcome their deficiencies all season long. Even without their best player, the Pacers have been in contention for the No. 2 seed in the East since the beginning of the season.
If the Pacers are to make a deep run in the playoffs, the following strengths will be the reason, and if their weaknesses rear their ugly heads, it could be a short postseason for Indiana.
Unless otherwise noted, all advanced stats courtesy of Hoopdata.com.