After leading the Eastern Conference for what has felt like the entire season, with only a handful of games left in the regular season, the Indiana Pacers have fallen behind the Miami Heat by percentage points for the coveted No. 1 seed — and most importantly, homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
And while it doesn’t feel like much, after all one Heat loss and they would fall right behind the Pacers, Heat forward Chris Bosh took this opportunity to (in a way) stand over the Pacers to point and laugh — or to kick the Pacers while they’re down. After all, they were the ones who have been outspoken about their goal to secure homecourt advantage in the East.
“That’s what we’ve been saying for the whole time,” Bosh said. “You know, that’s why when the Pacers were talking, ‘hey, No. 1 seed, home court!’ it’s like, hey, it’s August. Calm down a little bit. We know how it is. We know it’s a marathon. That’s one of the conversations you have to have amongst yourselves, and it’s a reason to go out there and play hard every day. Saying it to everybody, shouting it from the mountain top, that’s not our style.”
“Our work is just beginning,” Bosh said. “Cause, I mean, we can still lose it. We have to keep concentrating on what we’ve been doing, look to see how we can improve our play. We’re gonna have a shot. That’s all we need. One shot.”
However, I’m not sure if this was the Heat taking back the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference or if this was more the Pacers giving it up. They haven’t really been playing great as of late. Early yesterday, Roy Hibbert said that some of his teammates were selfish, and once they were blown out by the San Antonio Spurs last night, he said that his team didn’t deserve the No. 1 seed.
Hibbert on losing the No. 1 seed to Miami: “Good for them. We don’t deserve it.”
Still, you have to believe that the No. 1 seed will be decided next Friday (April 11) when the Heat and Pacers meet for the final time before the playoffs, but by the looks of it, it doesn’t look good for the Pacers who have lost six of their last eight games.