The Indiana Pacers (49-32) ended their regular season Wednesday night with a whimper, dropping a 105-95 game to the Philadelphia 76ers (34-48) that was highlighted by Gerald Green’s career-high 34 points.
But with the regular season behind them, and the third seed along with a Central Division championship to take away from the 81 games, the Pacers now must get ready for the sixth-seeded Atlanta Hawks (44-38) on Sunday.
“They are really well coached,” said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel about the Hawks.
“They were supposed to be rebuilding but overachieved all year and they have two of the best big men in the league in Al Horford and Josh Smith. I don’t think the regular season is relevant when it comes to playoff matchups. Ideally you want to be playing your best ball, but we obviously struggled last week.”
The Pacers have split their season series with the Hawks at 2-2, taking the last two games with both of them being played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers last defeated Atlanta 100-94 on March 25th at home, where game one will take place at a time to be determined during one of Sunday’s four games.
“We are just going to take this one day at a time,” said Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who did not play during Wednesday’s contest. “You know, we will let loose for one night, and then we get to business because obviously this is important.”