Originally written May 15, 2013 on NESN.com:
Since their slight hiccup at Madison Square Garden in Game 2, the Indiana Pacers have looked every bit the favorite to win their Eastern Conference semifinal clash with the New York Knicks. As the nondescript Pacers make short work of the Knicks, they’ve not only improved their NBA odds but have also started to make a name for themselves. This Thursday, the Pacers will get the opportunity to close the books on New York once and for all in preparation for a looming Eastern Conference Finals matchup with, presumably, the Miami Heat. While Indiana has developed a reputation of being a solid, albeit underrated, fringe contender, the stereotype may not be completely appropriate. On one hand, the emergence of Paul George as an NBA superstar as well as the incredibly deep Pacers offense, anchored by veteran big man David West, has pushed this traditionally defensive franchise from the middle to the top of the pack. On the other hand, consistent, quality rosters are the norm in Indiana. Alt...
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