Frank Vogel: "I think this has been my approach every year, whether you're a front-runner or an underdog," Vogel said. "We have everything we need to compete at the highest level."
I understand why this is debatable, but I think that Frank's claim is realistic or nearly realistic rhetoric.
In my view, after Cleveland and Chicago, the next 10 or possibly 11 teams are not far from equal, and any of them could end up in the second round of the playoffs. Getting beyond that would be akin to the Miracle Mets of yesteryear winning the World Series. If we can use that as a standard, anything is possible: Philly anyone? Okay, I won't go that far!
Much depends on how this year's Pacers gel, and whether they are able to find a winning strategy to best utilize the talents and balance the limitations of their utility players.