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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- It's a good thing Pacers coach Frank Vogel warned his team to ignore the experts.
Indiana entered its first-round Eastern Conference playoff series heavily favored, yet the Pacers surrendered home-court advantage in an 81-77 loss on Saturday to a Magic team whose best player, All-Star center Dwight Howard, is out for the season with a back injury. A loss in Game 2 Monday at home would put the Pacers in bad shape before heading to Orlando.
Indiana had momentum from a 12-3 finish to the regular season, so the Game 1 disaster was unexpected. After the team had some time to breathe, the Pacers felt like themselves again.
"We lost a game," forward Danny Granger said. "We watched it. It's not the end of the world. It's a seven-game series. We don't want to overreact."
If nothing else, the Pacers respect this new version of the Magic.
"Even though t...