The past is the past, and the Indiana Pacers aren’t living in it.
But they have learned from it.
When they played the Miami Heat in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, they were a young team — under the direction of a young coach — navigating their way through uncharted territory.
Along the way, they built a 2-1 lead, captured the imagination of fans, caught the attention of a national audience and were on the cusp of going up 3-1 and knocking the heavily favored Heat out of the playoffs.
Of course, that didn’t happen.
Behind superstar performances by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Miami rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit in Game 4 and went on to take the series and, eventually, the NBA championship.
But that was then.
This is now.
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