Posted: 4/13/2014 11:12:08 AM
Originally Posted by mohjo
No you're wrong. He is right....
The Oklahoma City Thunder are locked into a No. 2 seed. The Indiana Pacers would surely be disappointed if they were.
While Oklahoma City is considered a top contender for the NBA title, many might question whether the stumbling Pacers still are, and those doubts would only grow if they're blown out again by the Thunder on Sunday in Indianapolis.
Indiana is coming off a loss to another title hopeful, falling 98-86 at Miami on Friday to briefly drop a half-game behind the defending champion for the Eastern Conference's best record. The Pacers (54-26) led the Heat for much of the season but now need help from them to gain home-court advantage throughout the East playoffs.
Some of that help came Saturday night when Atlanta beat Miami 98-85 to clinch the No. 8 seed in the East and drop the Heat and Pacers into a first-place tie.
"As of now it's not in our hands," forward Paul George said, "and we're perfectly fine with it."
George and coach Frank Vogel don't seem too concerned despite a 3-8 record since March 22 -- easily the worst of any playoff team in that span. Indiana trailed by double digits for most of the second half against a Heat club missing Dwyane Wade.