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Cory Joseph

Impressive season lays groundwork for Pacers future

The Indiana Pacers were full of surprises this season.

They won more games than expected. They proved more competitive than projected. Heck, they even forced the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs into a decisive seventh game all while receiving the stamp of approval from the world's best player.

Not bad for a team that was supposed to be sitting home and plotting draft strategy long ago.

"This was one of the most amazing seasons of my career," forward Thaddeus Young said. "We played for one another, not as individuals. It's tough (being eliminated), but this is a great group of guys. We all gave our blood and sweat to the game and each...

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