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Missing parts won’t keep Indiana from getting into playoffs




It will be fascinating to watch if the Indiana Pacers shock everyone but themselves by opening the 2014-15 NBA season with a 6-1 or 7-0 record.

Frank Vogel suddenly will be the second coming of Phil Jackson and reincarnation of Red Auerbach rolled into one. The bandwagon left practically barren by naysayers jumping ship after Lance Stephenson’s exodus and Paul George’s ghastly lower leg injury promises to quickly fill back up.

“This is Indiana’s team,” we’ll scream, starry-eyed over these lunch-pail Pacers defying odds and muzzling the TV and radio goobers predicting a 30-52 (or worse) finish. “Blue collar ... Gold swagger.”

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