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INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers are walking around with a new approach these days.
They're joking around and sounding relaxed. It's about time.
Indiana has been struggling since before the All-Star break and now that the playoffs are looming, the top seed in the East seems to be getting back to normal. The real test will come Saturday when Atlanta visits Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 1 of this best-of-seven series.
Two weeks ago, the Hawks (38-44) dominated Indiana on its home court by spreading out the offense and making the Pacers' big men chase their perimeter shooters.
All the Hawks need to do is steal one of the first two games at Indiana (56-26) and home-court advantage would swing to the Hawks.