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Mag NBA preview: Pacers

INDIANA'S D was so dominant last season -- a league-best DRtg (99.8) and opponent eFG% (45.3 percent) -- that it masked a mediocre offense, which ranked 19th in ORtg (104.3), 22nd in eFG% (47.9 percent) and 23rd in ppg (94.7). Enter C.J. Watson (48 percent from the corners), Luis Scola (47 percent from the center midrange) and Chris Copeland (42 percent from 3) to shore up the O. The Pacers are again primed to push the Heat to the brink. But there's still that little problem of some guy named LeBron.

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