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Ranking Pacers Among LeBron James' Toughest Eastern Conference Finals Challenges
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Paul George and company have been fighting LeBron tooth-and-nail.

LeBron James has now made the Eastern Conference Finals five times, and each of his opponents have posed varying challenges for the four-time MVP.

There have been big and physical ball clubs, units with outstanding team defense and teams that simply had great schemes to slow James down.

This year, LeBron is matched up against the Indiana Pacers, a ballclub that many felt could represent a legitimate threat to the Miami Heat in the playoffs.

Well, those thoughts have been confirmed, as the Pacers have played the Heat to a draw thus far. The two squads have alternated wins throughout the first four games of the series.

So, where does Indiana rank among James' biggest challengers? Will the Pacers be a mere footnote when this series is all said and done? Will they push LeBron to the very final seconds of Game 7? Or will they become the first Eastern Conference squad to upend this Miami team?

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