Debunking the two most prominent myths about the Indiana Pacers

The NBA playoffs are here, so it's time to disprove some popular myths floating about the Indiana Pacers.
Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors
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The NBA playoffs are finally here, and the Indiana Pacers are participants for the first time in four years!

Through this season, the Pacers have done plenty to put themselves on the NBA radar and even get some attention from casual fans. From the breakout performances by Tyrese Haliburton and company during the In-Season Tournament to the 'rivalry' with the Milwaukee Bucks that involved a game ball fiasco and a 4-1 season series in favor of Indiana, to a historically efficient offense, the Pacers enjoyed perhaps the most mainstream attention in the 2024 season since the Paul George era. At some point in the season, everybody tuned in to watch Pacers basketball for one reason or another, especially after the Pascal Siakam trade.

Now, with newfound media and fan attention come new takes from those media personnel. For a new team in the spotlight with new people tuning in every day, the Pacers sure had a lot of people talk about them as if they watched every game. Especially after the In-Season Tournament and the Siakam trade, plenty of outdated takes about the Pacers flew around that gave many Pacers fans like myself headaches.

Of course, incorrect takes about a basketball team are not exactly uncommon, and in some ways, it's a rite of passage for a team to break through the glass ceiling and get more media attention. However, that does not mean they are any less annoying. With the Pacers playing their first playoff game tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, now is as good a time as ever to take a look at these takes and debunk the two most prominent ones.