When I was a lot younger, I was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. The playoff losses were so disappointing (five years in a row, I think) up until they beat Miami in the Super Bowl.
The reason I bring this up is because the year they finally won the Super Bowl, there was an attitude by that team. Business-like, never too high or too low and totally, totally focused. As the media calls it today - a team on a mission. Even the fans were like that. Game-by-game, just kick *** and get the job done.
Sound familiar? I have watched the Pacers closely this year in their interviews. Watched to see if there seems to any BS when they start talking like that. There isn't. It's the same. The words, the attitude, the expressions the way they play the game all compare to the same resolve that Cowboys team had.
Nobody should ever discount a team on a mission