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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is trying to revive its season-long secret to success. Play hard, play tough and play rough.
The philosophy has been a lesson in frustration for opponents. Indiana's rough-and-tumble play got Atlanta out of sync and out of sorts, leading to a six-game, first-round exit. It got to the Knicks in Game 1 of this second-round series, too.
New York managed to rebound in Game 2, reverting to its more traditional style and turning up the pressure on the Pacers.
As the series moves to Indy for Saturday's Game 3, the Pacers are looking to bring back that old-school approach that brought them their first Central Division title in nine years and their second straight appearance in the Eastern Conference semifinals.