The Pacers got smoked, by and large, by the Knicks yesterday. But the Nets managed to lose to the Raptors, so Indiana still clinched the all-important three seed.
Honestly, right now, the Pacers need to focus on not losing in the first round, but locking up three seed means they avoid the Heat in round two.
Again, given the way New York handled Indiana yesterday — on top of deflating losses recently to the Nets and Thunder — this team needs to start playing better before it can beat any of the other top three teams in the conference.
Nevertheless, not playing Miami is the best route to the Eastern Conference Finals, so this is a big milestone. If the Pacers can take care of business in the first round against the Bulls or Hawks, they will get a chance to avenge Sunday’s afternoon defeat to the Knicks.