We want to believe in miracle, but all that remains is crying

The bold and provocative way to start this column is to assure you that the Pacers’ Game 1 flop was simply an aberration, merely a blip soon to be forgotten in an otherwise remarkable playoff run.

Indiana stumbled in dropping a game to No. 8-seed Atlanta, but it was just a bump along a playoff road that will take the team far beyond the first round and ultimately to its destiny — an Eastern Conference Finals showdown with Miami.

All the fans and pundits who are predicting a quick — even historic — demise will be eating those words come June.

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