Seeding is set, but Pacers starters are not
It's been ten years since the Indiana Pacers have been in the position of the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Indiana wrapped up the best record in the east, thanks to the Miami Heat. The Pacers' top rival in the conference lost to the Washington Wizards Monday night, assuring that Indiana finished the regular season with the conference's best record.
"For us to do something special, us being the first seed, that's big for this team. You know it was great, it was great that Miami lost giving us that opportunity," said the Pacers' Paul George.
Fellow NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert, who's struggled as of late, is also happy with the achievement. However, he contends there is still work to be done.
"The number one seed that's what we set out for. We got it. So now we're just going to turn things around getting ready for the playoffs" said Hibbert.
The Pacers have one regular season game remaining: a Wednesday night match-up at Orlando.
Indiana Head Coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Tuesday that starters Roy Hibbert and George Hill will play in the regular season finale. The duo combined to go 1-for-12 in Sunday's win over Oklahoma City.
"They have both been struggling a little bit. I think it will benefit them to play without the starters and get a few more touches," said Vogel.
The NBA will release its playoff schedule once all of the regular season games conclude Wednesday night.