Doyel: We only saw a misfortune detriment in Pacers history

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IndyStar’s Nate Taylor and Gregg Doyel plead a Indiana Pacers’ irregular detriment to a Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Lance Stephenson was knocking down 3-pointers and bellowing along with a loudest throng of a season.

“This is my (expletive) house!” Stephenson was screaming Thursday night during Bankers Life Fieldhouse, a sound swallowed whole by a throng of 17,923 that had come to see a Indiana Pacers mount adult to a fortifying NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pacers were station adult to Cleveland, and more. They were degrading a Cavs. Myles Turner was dunking on Tristan Thompson, Paul George was usually about triple-doubling, Lance Stephenson was bellowing and a sound was deafening.

“It was effortless,” Paul George was saying, remembering a good times Thursday night. “We were feeding off a crowd. It was effortless.”

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Paul George and LeBron James plead a Cleveland Cavaliers’ 119-114 win over a Indiana Pacers in Game 3. The Pacers led by 26 points.
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And afterwards it was gone. The emotion. The good times. The throng noise.

The crowd.

A sea of dull seats incited a behind on a Pacers as Paul George and his teammates walked off a justice after this 119-114 loss to Cleveland, a detriment that puts them in a 3-0 hole – on a verge of being swept Sunday in Game 4 and starting an offseason that could move chaos.

That’s a story for another day, though a detriment like this leaves a mark that can't be spotless easily. This wasn’t usually a blown lead, though chronological ugliness. The Cavaliers trailed 74-49 during a half, creation this a largest second-half quip in NBA playoff history.

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What’s next? Well, Sunday is next. Game 4. Either a Pacers win that diversion and send this array behind to Cleveland, or – some-more expected – a Cavaliers finish off a 4-0 brush that will start a fascinating offseason for a Pacers. The coach, a front office, a luminary – who comes behind after a deteriorate like this? We’ll see. But again, that’s a story for another day.

For now, a story is this team’s character: Does it have any? Not in a second half on Thursday night, when a Pacers coughed adult a 25-point lead. When a fall was finished, manager Nate McMillan walked into his wordless locker room and gave his group a challenge.


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