NBA Offseason Buzz: Indiana Pacers
Murphy must match career year; Rush in a battle for minutes
It's always scary when a team has a definitive strength and hopes to improve by becoming more balanced. The Pacers were Suns-lite, fifth in both points scored and allowed last season, but they pared their scoring depth over the summer to improve their defense. Marquis Daniels, Jarrett Jack and Rasho Nesterovic, who averaged a combined 33 points a game, were replaced by Dahntay Jones, Solomon Jones and Earl Watson. With the 76ers and Pistons primed for a slide and the Pacers having finished as the ninth-best team in the East last season, a playoff berth is seemingly within reach. The Pacers may still run, but will they score at the same pace? For now, the race among the Sixers, Pistons and Pacers looks like a battle to determine who will slide the least.
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