2013 East Playoff Seeds Nearly Set – Pacers Clinch 3rd Spot
With less than a week until the NBA postseason begins, the playoff picture is becoming clearer.
In the East, Miami (64-16), which has the best record in the league by five games, has the coveted 1-seed and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. With New York’s victory over Indiana on Sunday, they secured the No. 2 spot in the East. Also Sunday, Toronto gave Indiana (49-31) a big assist – and the No. 3 spot – by knocking off Brooklyn. The Nets are locked into fourth.
Now that the Pacers’ playoff position is set, rest is especially critical.
“It’s really important because we got guys banged up and worn out,” said Frank Vogel, who’ll lead the Pacers into their third-consecutive playoffs. “It’s going to allow us to rest some guys and be stronger going into the playoffs.”
Paul George after losing to the Knicks: ”We felt like we earned [the No. 3 seed] playing throughout the year but we havent earned it by getting a win. We are not taking care of business.”
The next two possessions, five and six, are still up for grabs between two teams – Atlanta and Chicago. With two games remaining, Atlanta (vs. Toronto, at New York) holds a one-game lead, but Chicago (at Orlando, vs. Washington) has the tie-breaker.
The Pacers will play the higher seed. On the season, they are 2-2 against Atlanta and 3-1 versus Chicago.
Boston clinched the seventh-seed and Milwaukee is No. 8, with the final playoff spot in the East.
So, what we know:
No. 1 Miami vs. No. 8 Milwaukee
No. 2 New York vs. No. 7 Boston
No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 6 Atlanta/Chicago
No. 4 Brooklyn vs. No. 5 Atlanta/Chicago