Even before the season kicked off, we knew Indy was primed to dethrone the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, what with a powerhouse lineup and a fortified bench. The Pacers were also expected to build on their postseason run last season.
Two rounds into the current playoffs, these premonitions turned out to be true.
Sure, the Pacers secured the No. 1 seed in the East, but they don't have the swagger of the conference's best team ready to take on all comers.
Are you listening, Roy Hibbert?
Surprisingly, his downfall is just one of the interesting storylines that spiced up the Pacers' season. Paul George's rise to stardom and the Evan Turner fiasco, among others, also made this a season to remember (or forget, depending on how Indy fares in the postseason).