With just one game left in this years NBA regular season schedule, the Pacers are showing that they are still one of the favorites to unseat the current eastern conference and NBA champions the Miami Heat.
The pacers defeated the Oklahoma City thunder in a game that came down to the wire. Indiana won the game 102-97, maintaining their advantage over the Miami Heat. The pacers own the tie-breaker over the heat, its important the pacers secure home court advantage over Miami. If last years playoffs is any indication of what the future holds for the pacers then it’s very important they get the home court advantage.
The playoffs are in six days and by defeating the thunder who also are serious contenders in the western conference, Indiana seems to be back on track and playing the good and competitive basketball they were playing in the first half of the season. I think this is Miami’s last year at the summit of the east and the NBA, and although the pacers have talent and the perfect blend of youth and experience I don’t see them knocking the LeBron led heat of their throne. The playoffs will be interesting this year and I absolutely cannot wait for it to begin.
If you’ve been paying attention to the NBA as of recent, you would have noticed Kevin Durant gave himself the nickname “The Servant.” I think Durantula, KD or the slimreaper are all better names to me. Much has been made in the first half of the season about Kevin Durant running away with the MVP race. Durant earlier in the season had a stretch of games were he had 30 plus points. LeBron has heard this and as any competitor would feel, he wonders why as the two-time MVP everyone (including myself) is ready to hand Durant the award.
In the first meeting between each stars team, Durant got the better of LeBron as Oklahoma City came out the victors 112-95, and what made this win significant is that it was on the heats home court. Both teams met again Feb 20, this time the heat came away victorious at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 103-81.
” I do get jealous, I’m not gonna lie. I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 and then 14-for-34. … Man. … First of all, you have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots. I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I’m playing?”
LeBron has come out on fire post all-star, with just six games in and playing less minutes on average (36.3), his FG% and 3 point FG% have both risen as well as his shot attempts. Recently LeBron logged his career and Miami Heat franchise record 61 points in a game against Charlotte Bobcats. Durant responded with a 42 point game against the Sixers in which he didn’t play in the 4th quarter. The rest of the season is going to be interesting it’s officially a two horse race, I still think Durant is the front runner, at least now it’s a conversation again