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This one is a no-brainer, thanks to the Indiana Pacers taking the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals to a Game 7.
With that being said, the Pacers' shot at knocking off the Miami Heat relies solely on the continued development and maturation of their young superstar—Paul George.
Throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, George was just too inconsistent to will the Pacers over the Heat, but that might not be the case next season after some serious time in the gym and on the court, fine tuning his craft.
As long as Indiana retains David West, who knows how to get under the Heat's skin and dominate them in the paint, it'll be able to run with Miami.
The real difference-maker next season will be how Indiana handles the "Danny Granger situation." That means, whether the team will look to trade him or retain his talents, which will seriously impact the chemistry the Pacers developed last season.
Either way, the Pacers are going to contend in the East once again, and the Heat need to look out for a serious run by Indiana at their stranglehold on Eastern Conference titles.