Swagger gave way to complete meltdown

A season that started with such promise ended with a whisper. Literally.

Lance Stephenson’s sweet nothings whispered into the ear of LeBron James seemed to be a final futile act of desperation in a rocky Pacer melodrama that was the most torturous in memory.

This team was good enough. In the end, though, the gulf between October potential and May reality was deep and wide.

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