Forget about the film, the numbers and the losses.
The Pacers insist everything will be OK now that they're in the playoffs with their first-round series against sixth-seeded Atlanta opening on Sunday in Indy.
Once one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, Indiana lost five of its last six games, digging themselves deficits of at least 20 points in each of those six games, and blowing a chance to earn the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Conventional wisdom suggests teams heading into the postseason this way don't hang around long, though the Pacers believe they can turn that premise upside down.
''This is a new season, guys are refocused and re-energized, but again we've got to come out and perform,'' forward David West said after Friday's practice. ''This is the only chance you have to get it right. In the playoffs, it you don't get it right, you'll get bounced and you'll be going home in 10 days.''