Pacers-Thunder Bounced from ESPN in Favor of Heat (even with streak over)
The Pacers have been bounced from an originally-scheduled nationally televised game, again to make room for the Miami Heat.
Indiana’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, two top seeds in their respective conferences, was pushed aside for Miami’s game with the Charlotte Bobcats on April 5th. Yes, the Bobcats. And they’re sticking with it, even though the Heat’s win streak ended at 27 Wednesday night in Chicago.
Maybe ESPN was the jinx. They announced the update to the schedule 68 minutes before the Heat tried for win No. 28 in Chicago. Heat vs. Bobcats wouldn’t have even been the record-tying game (33). It potentially was No. 32, but none of that matters now.
ESPN said this game would be locked in, regardless if the Heat lost before April 5th. Their argument, “Best player on earth, best team in the world. Compelling TV.” The Heat have already clinched a playoff spot and are 11.5 games ahead of New York and Indiana in the East.
FOX Sports Indiana, which was already scheduled to televise the game (8 PM EST) as well, will have the broadcast.
This isn’t the first time this season the Pacers have been dropped from ESPN for the Heat. Their game in Boston on Jan. 4 was swapped out for Chicago at Miami.