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A little perspective goes a long way

OK, so this morning, a little history. And some perspective.

Remember that time when everyone was wondering, oh, my god, what's wrong with the Pacers? And why can't Roy Hibbert get a rebound when he's, like, 8 feet tall? And is Frank Vogel -- all together now -- Coaching For His Job?

Seems like just last week all that was happening.

Oh, wait. It was.

Last week, or thereabouts, the sky was falling, everyone was talking about an Historic Collapse, no one had ever seen such an accomplished basketball team fall off the face of the earth with such shocking suddenness.

And why?

Well, they lost a couple games to a lousy Atlanta team. And then they lost Game 1 against a not-so-lousy Washington team. And every 24/7 instajudgment commando was predicting the Wizards would win the series, thus launching Historic Collapse, The Sequel.

Strange how you're not hearing a lot of that now that the Pacers have gone up 3-1 on the Wizards, thanks to 39 points and 12 boards from Paul George. Strange how the Historic Collapse isn't much of a topic anymore now that the Pacers lacerated the Wizards by 22 in the first game in Washington, and won Game 4 there, too, and Hibbert, the erstwhile basket case, went for 28 points in Game 2, and 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in Game 3, and 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in Game 4.

(And that couldn't just be because the Pacers cut loose Andrew Bynum, and so Hibbert no longer feels bummed that, in his mind, they brought in Bynum as his successor. Could it? Ah, but enough of putting Hibbert on the couch.)

Here's the deal: After all the drama, after all the hysteria from the instajudgment crowd, the Pacers are poised to be right back where they were last year, and where they were expected to be this year. Which is, playing the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

Perspective. Got some now?

Ben Smith's blog.