Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  6 responses

The Pacers Are Back in the Playoffs

For the first time in a long time, NBA Playoff hoops will be played in Indianapolis. The Indy Star reports: “After five years of trades, off-the-court troubles, a midseason coaching change and a long rebuilding process, the Pacers are headed back to the playoffs. The Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 136-112 and clinched a playoff berth about 25 minutes later Wednesday when Orlando defeated Charlotte. The Pacers will be the eighth seed and play Chicago or Boston in the first round. ‘I am just really happy for a lot of people,’ Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel said. ‘For the guys in the locker room who have worked hard. For the older guys who haven’t been there in a while. For the young guys who are going to get a taste of it. I am so happy for our fans. It’s going to be a fun ride.’ The Pacers had to wait until the end of the Charlotte-Orlando game, which went into overtime, before they could celebrate. Team officials put the Charlotte game on the scoreboard in Conseco Fieldhouse so the remaining fans could watch. A loud roar of excitement could be heard outside the Pacers locker room once that game ended. ‘It’s been a trying time,’ said forward Danny Granger, who was on the 2005-06 team that last went to the playoffs. ‘We’ve had a lot of trades where we re-hauled the whole team and then had the off-court stuff that happened. (Team president) Larry Bird said three years ago we’d be back in the playoffs in three years. He was right. It’s great to be here, honestly.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    im ready to see how much noise hibbert can make in the playoffs

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    The Pacers will be the eighth seed and play Chicago or Boston..”

    .. Or Miami.

  • r2j

    They will play the Bulls but they could give the Bulls a good series and I’m from Chicago.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    hibbert would have to upper hand with matchups with any of those 3 teams

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Hibbert? He has been a huge disappointment this season. His own coach (albeit former coach), said so him self. This was whilst he was still coaching the Pacers. I have seen Okafor throw him around twice this year. Noah would have the upper hand in that match-up.

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Im guessing Pacers will win maybe 1 game against the Bulls. But congrats to the Pacers thats awesome they deserve it.
    Blazers will probably face Dallas and I thik they will win!
    Go blazers