Pacers waiting for first real challange

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:24 PM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Maybe if the Indiana Pacers win 16 playoff games in a row for their first NBA title, we'll try to remember their starting center's name. Maybe if they just win one more playoff game by double-digits to extend their record-breaking streak to seven, then we'll stop making fun of Reggie Miller's tattoo.

Or . . . maybe they can play somebody worthy during the 2004 postseason and we'll start paying attention.

"We didn't play very well," Miller said in the Indianapolis Star after beating the Heat by 13 in Game 1 of their second-round series. "We can play much better. We still haven't put a complete game together (against the Heat). I'd rather us be playing well rather than coming up with a way to win. We've just got to play better. When this team plays well, I'll acknowledge that, but we're not playing very well right now."

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