A familiar, frustrating finish to deteriorate for underperforming Indiana Pacers

But that destiny only wasn’t to be, during slightest not this season. The Pacers were a superb 29-12 during home in Indianapolis, and a counterpart picture on a road, finishing only 13-28. With George one year divided from giveaway agency, his name was frequently invoked in rumors around a trade deadline, and George publicly pronounced he wanted to play “on a winning team.” The late deteriorate further of fan favorite Lance Stephenson brought “passion” according to McMillan, and a Pacers won their final 5 games to fist into a postseason as a seventh seed in a East. But after 4 true L’s opposite Cleveland, a Pacers find themselves headed home after a first-round exit for a second deteriorate in a row.


George finished a debate averaging a career-high 23.7 points per game, along with 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. With giveaway agency, still a summer away, George wasn’t prepared after Game 4 to consider that distant ahead—“I am not even during that indicate yet,” he said.

Teague will be a giveaway representative this summer, and after finishing Game 4 with 15 points and 10 assists, including a vicious take and three-pointer down a stretch, he done transparent that he hopes to sojourn with a Pacers.

“I adore Indiana,” Teague said. “You all know me, innate and raised, tattoos on my arm. I’ve wanted to play for a Pacers my whole life. It’s a good event for me and we adore to be here.”

Whatever a destiny binds for a Pacers, a tough law for any group in a Eastern Conference is that for a foreseeable future, any highway to a NBA Finals goes by Cleveland, during slightest as prolonged as LeBron James is there. With Cleveland’s rejecting of Indiana, LeBron is now 12-0 all-time in initial turn playoff series, including winning his final 21 uninterrupted first-round games.

The Pacers have seen their share of postseason defeats during a swoosh-ed feet of James—between Atlanta and Indiana, Teague alone has mislaid a dozen uninterrupted postseason games opposite James and Cleveland. Indiana now contingency figure out how to pierce what seems to be an determined object.

“It’s unequivocally frustrating to continue losing to a same group or same person,” pronounced George. “It’s genuine frustrating. It’s what we work tough for in a summers to try and assistance lead a group along and ultimately, it’s who we am always going to see and face.”

But before a Pacers face LeBron again in a postseason, initial they contingency establish what their possess temperament will be going forward.

“I consider we are close,” pronounced McMillan. “As we told a team, we suspicion this season, we are improved than a .500 team, and we suspicion we played .500 basketball all deteriorate long. We did some good things. We can and will be better.”

Lang Whitaker has lonesome a NBA given 1998. You can e-mail him here, find his repository here or follow him on Twitter.

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