The Pacers have been called boring, an under-the-radar team generally ignored nationally. So they finally got some notice, although it wasn’t what coach Frank Vogel intended.

“If I knew all I had to do was call a bad timeout to get this team some national attention, I’d have done it two years ago,” Vogel joked after practice yesterday.

Vogel referred to the timeout he called at 3:05 of the third quarter in Game 2 after Indiana had just gone up two. He also substituted for Roy Hibbert. The Knicks promptly went on a 30-2 run.

“The game changed at that point clearly. It wasn’t my intent. You try to keep momentum at that point. I didn’t feel we had them on the ropes in a two-point game, on the road with 15 minutes to play,” Vogel said of the most scrutinized timeout of the playoffs. “I saw us have two or three possessions before that timeout that were bad possessions. One of them led to a [3-pointer late in the shot clock]. We looked tired. Certainly it didn’t work out. Hindsight is 20/20, right?