The Indiana Pacers haven't been victorious in a playoff series since the final stand of the legendary Reggie Miller. Since then, the Pacers have been most notable for the infamous Malice at the Palace.
Years later, Indiana has rebuilt its franchise and looked poised to make some noise in the NBA playoffs.
Now that the season has begun after an extended lockout, the Pacers will look to gain momentum a year after after a competitive playoff series with the Chicago Bulls. Although they were not able to stretch the series out significantly, Indiana showed plenty of heart and potential to get better as a unit.
So just what can this Pacers team do this season?
I'll go ahead and label them as a playoff series winner, but don't be surprised to see this team make a serious run beyond that.
Here are five reasons why.