After watching the Indiana Pacers defeat the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, it led me to realize why teams like Indiana are irrelevant in the NBA. Last season in the playoffs, the Pacers played well, making most of the games close against the Bulls, but the Bulls won the series 4-1. You can stress the value of a “morale victory” as much as you want, but keeping games close in the playoffs mean absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. There is no such thing as a “Cinderella” team in the NBA, there are no flukes or upsets in a 7-game series. The best team wins, no questions asked.
That being said, the Pacers have no chance to win a playoff series against teams like Miami or Chicago. Essentially they are a practice team for true championship contenders, the Appalachian State of the NBA. The way that the Pacers celebrated after beating the Bulls on Wednesday night was shockingly childish. It looked like a team who either just won a championship or who snapped a 100 game losing streak. If the Pacers could take one thing out of the Bulls book, it would be to act like you’ve been there before. We’re talking about the regular season here Granger, Hibbert , Vogel.
The Pacers remind me a lot of the Detroit Lions, they have been terrible for awhile, but after winning a few games in the beginning of the season suddenly they think they are world beaters. The coaches are exactly the same in style as well. Both Jim Schwartz and Frank Vogel are young, new coaches who haven’t seen much success in their careers. They are both very immature, in being sore winners and sore losers.
The thing to look out for however is the quote from Derrick Rose after the game, “I’ll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game. I can’t wait to play them again.”