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Pacers' pace enough to get a good start

     The Indiana Pacers dominated Atlanta to win Game 1 of their 3-6 Eastern Conference matchup Sunday afternoon at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  The game got the "slot of death," comparative to other, sexier games.  It was broadcast at 1 pm Sunday on TNT. 
      All I have heard from this series is "lack of star power.  Only watch if you want a cure for amnesia."  And to be sure, this first round series lacks a LeBron, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul or Blake Griffin.  What it has in Indiana is a team that plays tough, smart defense and a group of starters who can get it done.  They also have possibly the most underrated coach in the NBA today, Frank Vogel. 
      As I remember in the recesses of my memory, in the early 2000's, the Pacers and New York Knicks played four games that " tapes of the games should be destroyed for the good of basketball."  That was just before Reggie Miller torched Madison Square Garden for 25 in the fourth quarter, and became a legend.  Now, I'm not saying that Paul George or David West will do the same thing-- what I am saying is don't judge a Series by its cover... or its expert predictions.  Indiana may be winning ugly, without a Chris Paul or Tim Duncan or Ricky Rubio-- but it IS winning.  Grit-- not glitz-- will take this team where it will go.  Indiana is a blue collar state; this group of overachieving Pacers fits the state perfectly.  Whether or not the national pundits like it doesn't matter.  These Pacers are setting their own pace-- and slow as it may be... it seems to be working...
                                                               That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.    

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04/22/2013 7:52AM
Pacers' pace enough to get a good start
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