It looks like Frank Vogel is going with the ol’ “Triple Popovich” tonight, according to Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz. The Pacers will let three of their starters rest as Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and George Hill will all be taking the night off.
This makes sense. The Knicks beat the Hawks yesterday and that clinched the 3 seed for the Pacers. So they are playing for nothing tonight aside from the right to tell their grandchildren that they beat the mighty 2012 Detroit Pistons. The Pacers no longer control their destiny in the sense that what they do will no longer affect who they play in the first round. With Dwight Howard off for the the playoffs after having season-ending back surgery, they obvious want to play Orlando, regardless of whether anyone from the team says so or not.
And with one more win by the Magic (which host the lowly Bobcats on Wednesday) or one more loss by the Knicks (which host the Clippers Wednesday), the first round will feature an Indiana/Orlando series — which should be a cake walk for the Pacers.