They were only expected to maybe matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers in round one as an 8 seed, but they're a five seed that took three games from the Cavs in the regular season. As for Boston, it seems to be screwed due to injuries despite having the two seed and its long odds to reach the NBA Finals indicate that.
The Pacerssuccess came out of nowhere this season after their seemingly lopsided offseason trade of Paul George.
"Kevin's just being Kevin", coach Tyronn Lue said Friday after practice.
The Pacers and Cavs square off on Sunday at 3:30 in Cleveland for game one. Here's five reasons the Cavs will sweep Indiana.
The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs.
After the Cavaliers closed the margin to 76-69 with a driving layup by James, the Pacers answered with a 12-2 run, including 3-pointers by Oladipo and Bogdanovic, to take 88-71 lead with 7:28 to go in the fourth quarter.
IN went into Cleveland and took it to the Cavaliers, leading by as many as 23 points and withstanding a second-half rally to give James his first loss in the first round since 2012, a 98-80 defeat.
The Cavaliers were embarrassed, with boos at times filling Quicken Loans Arena, in a startling 98-80 rout at the Pacers' hands Sunday.
"He definitely understands that, going to The Finals, that the quicker you can get a series over and get some rest is the best way to do it", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.
High wind watch to go into effect Sunday night A year ago the state had 41 twisters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center . While tomorrow will be much cooler, the winds will be even stronger and the fuels just as dry, keeping the fire danger extreme.
Saudi King opens 29th Arab Summit The communique called for more worldwide sanctions on Iran and urged it to withdraw "its militias" from Syria and Yemen. King Salman said Saudi Arabia was donating $200-million to support the Palestinians, including $50-million for the U.N.
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Cavaliers are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. "So, it's very important that we try to keep a point guard on the floor with him at all times".
This will be an exciting first round matchup, as both teams come in looking different but still as successful as last season to find themselves in the playoffs another year. IN has cashed in those turnovers too, ranking 5th in the league in fast-break points.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue will use a 10-man rotation against IN and has already named Green as a starter and Calderon as a must play off the bench. The overall metrics wouldn't suggest a Finals team, but LeBron is obviously capable of incredible, super-human things, and if Hood, Clarkson and Nance play to their potential, that's probably enough to make it out of the wide-open East.
The mantra of the past several years of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball has been some semblance of "wait til the playoffs".
Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.
Oladipo averaged 25.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and made 17 of his 36 three-pointers (47.2 percent) in the four games against Cleveland.
He's also never lost the opening game of a series, which bodes well for his latest Cavs group [VIDEO]. IN was on roll through April 1, but did lose three of its final five games heading into the postseason.
Oladipo received help from his supporting cast, as Myles Turner (12 points), Bojan Bogdonavic (10 points) and Lance Stephenson (nine points) helped the team to a 55-38 halftime lead. Irreconcilable differences created in the heated exchange that began January 22 when Thomas and Wade called out Love for missing a game and a practice because he was sick, with no further explanation.
The tornado watch was issued at 3:13 p.m. and remains in effect until 11 p.m. for 26 counties in Southwest and central Virginia. With heavy rain, rivers can exceed their banks and ponding can occur on the roads.
The campaign is run by Open Britain, which is one of several anti-Brexit organisations which sprung up during the 2016 referendum. Asked what he would say to people who voted for Brexit, he told the programme "what we are doing is in their benefit".
Many residents in Menai made a decision to remain at their homes and were kept busy fighting ember attacks. Police believe the fire may have been lit on objective and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
The Bucks shooting guard threw up a deep triple as time expired, draining a miraculous buzzer beater to send it to OT. The season series is tied up 2-2, with all four games decided by 11 points or less - and just 7.5 points on average.
West Brom caretaker Darren Moore vowed to keep battling relegation after grabbing an unlikely survival lifeline at Old Trafford . Manchester City are officially Premier League champions! I expect The Red Devils to win the game rather easily.
Last year's drama-filled offseason created concern that Kristaps Porzingis' time in NY would end before it could even truly begin. I want to be back as soon as possible. "I think they will make the right decisions, so we have to trust them".
Google Research is giving us a (fun) look at how far natural language processing in artificial intelligence has come. According to leaked images, the confidential mode will work even with third-party email clients like "ProtonMail".
He also recalls Trump requesting that the FBI investigate salacious allegations about his actions with Russian prostitutes. Kelly has been increasingly marginalized in the White House and the president has mused to confidants about firing him.
Inevitably, people online began making jokes about how Donald Glover will doing both host and musical guest roles. Prior to creating and starring in Atlanta , he was one of the stars of the NBC sitcom Community .
Montenegro: Djukanovic claims presidential victory
The pro-European leader defied Russian Federation past year by taking the Balkan State into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation . In the run-up to the vote, local newspapers have alleged electoral fraud, saying many dead people figured on voters' lists.
Rampage Stomps To The Top Of The US Box Office
The movie, costing at least $120 million to make before marketing, will need to have strong legs to make its money back. The movie failed to impress critics but garnered an A-minus CinemaScore, suggesting decent word-of-mouth prospects.
Mother Who Drove Family of 8 Off Cliff Was Drunk
Devonte drew national attention after he was photographed in tears while hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.
Experts share last-minute tax filing tips
Still, he said, even if a person can not pay everything he or she owes, it's better to file it that day than not file it at all. If you received a refund of more than a few thousand dollars, check out the revised IRS withholding tax calculator on IRS.gov .
Rob Gronkowski to miss Patriots offseason program
He also has a $250,000 workout bonus, which typically requires participation in a significant percentage of the offseason program. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news of Gronkowski missing the beginning of the workouts.
Thousands of Syrian Demonstrators Condemn US Aggression
US President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his having hailed a US and allied strike in Syria as "Mission Accomplished". Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was suspected of orchestrating a chlorine attack, which occurred on April 7.
Witnesses say man ignited National City brush fire
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Paul Ryan Won't Run for Reelection
In questions after his announcement, Ryan told reporters today he's still confident with Republican chances in the 2018 elections. Ryan has left his stamp on how congressional Republicans look at Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor.