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Although Lance Stephenson's expression doesn't show it, the Indiana Pacers fans deserve a lot of credit for the team's resurgence in the playoffs.
What better way to start than giving credit to Indiana Pacers fans?
Indiana's fans didn't really mesmerize the NBA during the regular season in terms of attendance, finishing just 25th in the league, according to ESPN.
The team also has had other issues with its fan base—from GM Kevin Pritchard's tweet expressing his disgust with the hordes of Chicago Bulls fans in attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to George Hill ripping Indy fans for their lack of support in a March game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, now that Indiana is making great strides in the postseason, Pacers fans have come out in full force. Each supporter is decked out in a "Blue Collar, Gold Swagger" shirt, making Bankers Life Fieldhouse a sea of gold during playoff games.
It is truly reminiscent of the good 'ol Market Square Arena days.
From Amp Harris and Mike Epps' "All Gold Everything" song, to the support from Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis and Pat McAfee, to fans' presence at the Indianapolis airport in the wee hours of the morning—Pacers' followers have truly made an impact on their team.
Jake Miller of Indianapolis' Fox 59 confirms "fans are pumped about the resurgence of the Pacers." He also quoted Pacers coach Frank Vogel on the fans:
We've been dominant at home this postseason and a lot of it has to do with the energy our guys get from the home crowd.
This can mean only one thing.
Indiana Pacers basketball is back with a vengeance.