The Indiana Pacers have had a rough and patchy playoffs thus far. They barely made it past the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, defeating them in seven games. They played a little better against the Wizards, but had two rough games. However, after the game six victory over the Washington Wizards, it seems as though they might be getting back on track.
After all of their playoff woes, mysterious slumps and locker room problems, the Indiana Pacers find themselves in the same spot they were in last season. They will face the two-time defending Champion Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Game one will be held in Indiana later today.
Roy Hibbert, who has had a dreadful playoff campaign, said they “just keep a bubble. We don’t try to let our emotions show too much. Sometimes it does. But we stuck together.”
Last year, when the two teams met up in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers took the Heat to seven games. The Miami Heat could be in for a tough rematch if the Pacers play and feed the wealth the way they did against the Wizards this series.
Flashing back to January 20, the Pacers were 33-7 and were arguably the top team in the NBA. From that point on, they haven’t seemed the same and ended up crawling to the finish line, barely holding onto the number one seed in the East. Then the first round of the playoffs came, which didn’t make the matter any better. They were taken to seven games by No. 8 seeded Atlanta Hawks and also ended up losing their first game at home against the Wizards.
After three wins in a row, they went back to their troubles in Game 5, losing by 23 and being outrebounded 62-23 against the Wizards. They need to avoid that against the Heat, or it could get ugly. Fast.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat is today. The only question that needs to be answered is which Pacers team we’re going to be seeing today — will Indiana bring their “A” game or will they fall back into their troubles, the ones that we saw glimpses of in the first two rounds of the playoffs?
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.
Editor’s note: This is a guess post from Justin Becker of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com. You can follow the Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues Google+ Page, and for more NBA news visit Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues – a fantasy basketball blog.