In a recent discussion with USA TODAY Sports, Paul George discussed the Indiana Pacers' focus towards excelling of the defensive end of the ball. After all, they say that defense does win championships, as we found out not too long ago. Then, George went on to make this comparison:
“We approach it as a physical team and we do everything from a toughness standpoint,” George said.
Then he said, “Like Seattle….
“Seattle’s got individual guys that stand out defensively, as we do, and as a group we put it all together,” George said of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. “We’re a great comparison to that team because we do it from an individual standpoint and as a group.”
So, why don't we match them up?
Lance Stephenson Is Richard Sherman
Similar to Sherman, Stephenson always plays with a chip on his shoulder. He's vocal, but as his stats suggest, Born Ready is about his teammates, too. Sherman has always been about putting his teammates first, but sometimes, his mouth gets in the way.
Paul George Is Russell Wilson
Essentially, the quarterback is the leader of the team. Paul George is just that for this Pacers team. Both guys feel as though they were overlooked and play as if they have something to prove every game.
George Hill Is Percy Harvin
Lost in the shuffle of offensive weapons, George Hill plays his role, but as we found out yesterday (37 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists), dude can step up in a big way when needed. Similarly, Harvin's play in Super Bowl XLVII, and even his clutch grabs in their game against the New Orleans Saints, set the the tone for the entire 'Hawks offense.
David West Is Kam Chancellor or Earl Thomas
David West won't light up the scoreboard on a nightly basis, but the guy still strikes fear into the hearts of opposing teams with his bruising style of play. Both safeties for the Legion of Boom work in a similar fashion. Thomas and Chancellor may not lead the league in tackles or interceptions, but you better believe that every NFL wide receiver knows them all too well.
Roy Hibbert Is Marshawn Lynch
Not much of a talker, Roy Hibbert is also about that action, boss! When in the paint, Hibbert taps into his own type of beast mode, boxing out for boards and doling out blocks galore.
[via Pro Basketball Talk]