Now that they’re on their way to the playoffs for the third time in as many seasons, the Pacers will be watching the standings to see who they might face.
The Pacers are the third seed after Sunday’s loss to the Miami Heat. The Pacers appear to be on their way to first in the Central Division, with a four game lead over second-place Chicago.
The Heat, winners of 18 straight, are on their way to earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers have set their sights on the second seed in the conference. They trail the New York Knicks by a half game for the second seed. The Knicks are dealing with injuries, including one to sixth man Amare Stoudemire, who is out six weeks with a knee injury.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel considers the playoff seeding anything but locked up.
“It doesn’t look well defined to me,” he said. “We’re still understanding there’s a lot of ball to be played. Our sole purpose is the highest seed possible and winning the Central Division.”
Of their 19 games remaining, ten are against teams that would make the playoffs if they were to start today. The Pacers play ten games on the road, where they’re 14-17 this season.
Important playoff seeding still up for grabs
Indianapolis Star | Mar 11