Charles Barkley continues to show the Pacers some love. He's given them props all year long. It's gotta be because of his love of Dream Team teammates Larry Bird and Reggie Miller but I'm sure the Pacers current play has a lot to do with it.
Here's the link to the interview where he tears apart the Heat and praises the Pacers:
The Pacers have been getting more and more credit for their play.
Mike Wilbon, another analyst that gave the Pacers their props before this series started, had very good things to say about the Pacers too:
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute praises the Pacers for their great defense and picks them to beat the Heat during today's NBA Today podcast. "From playing them during the season I know they are a good team". He doesn't pick them to beat the Celts, though.
It's like many of us have been saying all season - the Pacers would not get any credit for being a good team until the win during the playoffs. If and when the Pacers close out the series and advance to the ECF, most of the media will probably still pick the Celts over the Pacers. However, they will be finally be respected and that respect will have been earned!