Hidden Advantages the Indiana Pacers Have in the NBA Playoffs

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Hidden Advantages the Indiana Pacers Have in the NBA Playoffs
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Roy Hibbert's role as rim protector is priceless for the Indiana Pacers.

The Indiana Pacers are limping toward the 2012-13 NBA playoffs. 

The team is currently on a two-game slide and has lost four of its last five. 

But this doesn't necessarily mean it won't do well in the postseason. 

No matter how good or bad any NBA team is faring in the final stretch of the regular season, it has certain hidden advantages which it can put to good use when it matters the mostthe playoffs. The Indiana Pacers are no exception. 

For the purposes of this article, "hidden advantages" refer to under-the-radar facts which, in spite of their hidden nature, will play a crucial role in the Pacers' playoff push. 

In other words, these are the intangibles which the casual fan may not think about right off the bat. 

Take Roy Hibbert's rim protection, for example. But more on that in a moment. 

The challenge for these Indiana Pacers is to consistently pounce on their strengths (one of which is defense, in which they rank second in the NBA, allowing only 90.5 points per game through April 15 as per ESPN), exploit their opponents' weaknesses and put these hidden advantages to good use. 

If they do all of these, they should make some serious noise in the NBA playoffs. 

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