The Indiana Pacers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-105 Sunday night. With the win, the Pacers have now clinched a playoff berth.
In what was not even a remotely close game, fans in attendance in Bankers Life Fieldhouse were treated with getting to see the Indiana Pacers defeat the Nets in blowout fashion and punch their ticket into the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
While the Pacers are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, it is still to be determined as to which team they will see in the first round. It is likely that they will play either the second-seeded Toronto Raptors, or the first seed in the Eastern Conference that is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Pacers only won a total of one game against the Raptors in four match-ups this season. The same thing can be said in regards to the Pacers’ regular season record through four games against the Cavaliers. The sole victory came last Wednesday when Indiana defeated the LeBron-less Cavaliers by a score of 123-109.
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These statistics could be alarming to some fans in the sense that the Pacers have enjoyed very little success against either one of these teams. Others may view the 2015-16 season as a bit of a disappointment since the Pacers started off the year with 12 wins and only five losses as they found themselves in the top-three of the Eastern Conference. Since mid-December however, they have hit a wall and have struggled with picking up wins on a consistent basis.
On the bright side of things for Vogel and company, the team has rebounded from an abysmal 2014 season in which George was absent for the majority of the time due to a leg injury — resulting in the Pacers missing out on the postseason for the first time in four seasons.
Despite who the Pacers see in the first round of this year’s playoffs, the organization has every reason to be excited for the future. They have a top-ten talent in Paul George as well as an up-and-coming all-star named Myles Turner, who is exceeding expectations thus far in his rookie year at the ripe age of 20 years-old.
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