Gritty Pacers exceed expectations

Originally Published: June 4, 2013
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- The Indiana Pacers' season was defined by exceeding expectations.

It's easy to forget now, after the Pacers punched the Miami Heat in the mouth and dragged them to a seven-game series, but the Pacers started this season 3-6.

Three and six.

At that point, no one expected them to be here. The Pacers became the first team since the 2000-01 Milwaukee Bucks to start the season 3-6 or worse and reach the conference finals.

But you want to talk about unexpected? How ...

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