The Indiana Pacers must be receiving help from a higher power. That is genuinely the only logical explanation for how that rag-tag bunch of sorry misfits has gotten to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Pacers don't have any star players, have an awful team chemistry, an All-Star center playing like he's never seen a basketball before and a head coach that is going grey at 40 years old from the stress of trying to make them in to a challenging side.
And credit to Frank Vogel, somehow - despite making blunder after blunder with regard to team decisions - has taken his side to a Finals showdown against the Heat.
They were so nearly embarrassed by an eighth seed Atlanta Hawks, a team that finished the regular season with a losing record, being forced to a game seven against a team with such stars as Kyle Korver and..erm...one of the Teague's.
Then there was the Washington Wizards, a fifth seed side that became everyone's favourite team with their quick, young guards and dominating big men Marcin Gortat and Nene. But no, the Pacers had to go and take that away from us as well with a 4-2 clincher last night in Washington.
Looking at Indiana, there is nothing that suggests they won't get absolutely turned over by the Miami Heat in the East finals. LeBron James coasted through the season and was still nearly MVP, Dwyane Wade seems to have turned up a gear in the playoffs and just those two together in form will get Miami the four wins they need.
It is a disgrace to basketball aesthetics and unlucky TNT viewers that the Pacers have gotten this far in the post-season. And hopefully everyone can breathe a sigh of relief as LeBron goes to town on Paul George and company.