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Indeed, that’s how the Pacers treated most opponents at that time. They rolled to a 46-13 record — a .780 winning percentage — on March 2, setting them up to be the No. 1 seed in the East. But from there, Indiana went 10-13 the rest of the way, a .435 clip.

In the postseason, the Pacers trailed the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks 3-2 in the first round before pulling that series out in Game 7. Then came a Game 1 loss to fifth-seeded Washington.

“Maybe we weren’t handling success the greatest,” forward David West said.

“Maybe we were listening to what everybody was saying about us, people talking good about us,” he explained. “There were times we felt we could come out and didn’t necessarily have to play or execute to win. We lost some games because of that.”

Game 3 against Washington was different, and West hopes Game 4 will be, too.

“We were engaged. Our team as a whole was locked into their schemes and what they were trying to do. Our aggression was at the right level,” West said. “Our hands were active, our feet were active, our voices were active on defense.”

Add in the recently revitalized Roy Hibbert — zero points in Game 1, but 28 in Game 2, then 14 in Game 3, along with a real presence in the paint at the defensive end — and, as Vogel put it Saturday: “It makes us feel like we’re back to being us.”