By Chris Mannix
December 11, 2013
Frank Vogel's role in developing his players has generated a fierce loyalty in Indiana's locker room.
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The Pacers won't proclaim themselves championship favorites. Not now, not ever. They deflected question after question about the significance of the win after the game, refusing to give the Heat anything to hook on to. They know Miami will be lurking in May, and with home court or not the Heat will be a formidable foe. "We won a game," West said. "Nothing else." Yet there is no doubt the quiet confidence inside the Indiana locker room is growing by the day. From the head coach to the players, they believe they belong among the best.

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