[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e could write an Indiana Pacers postmortem, analyze and dissect the gory details of their (somewhat embarrassing) 99-76 loss to the Miami Heat in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. We could ask questions, dole out blame, wonder why Paul George seemed to be sleep walking, why they couldn’t seem to complete a pass successfully in the first half, or how it was possible for a team that prides itself on dominating the paint to have fewer offensive rebounds than the hobbled Dwyane Wade had by himself, but all that stuff has been done elsewhere, and quite frankly, it’s depressing.
The Pacers did this season what so few people thought they could (no people might be more accurate), they took the defending champs to the brink of elimination and they did it with one of the league’s youngest, and cheapest, NBA rosters (consider that the Pacers’ active roster was paid $53 million this season, the Miami Heat’s big 3 alone makes north of $52 million annually).
So while the end result may have disappointed, many wonderful moments transpired along the way. With that in mind, and in honor of this fantastic Pacers’ season, here are 219.com’s 5 favorite plays from the Pacers’ 2013 playoff run.
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Number 5: Paul George Posterizes Chris Bosh
Number 4: Lance Stephenson Buzzer Beating Rainbow Three
Number 3: Roy Hibbert Murders Ivan Johnson
Number 2: Roy Hibbert Rejects Carmelo Anthony
Number 1: Paul George Destroys Birdman
Let us know your favorites or where you think we got it wrong in the comments. As always, please like, +1, and tweet if you enjoyed the article (if you didn’t feel free to say that too).
Thanks again for reading – The 219.com Staff