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DgR
03-02-2013, 05:31 PM
I don't get to watch a lot of NBA games since I live on the other side of the world,
so if I do stay up to watch one, it's obviously gonna be a Pacers game :)
Therefore, I'm not too familiar with the other teams' quality, except fot their respective rosters and standings,
so I was interested to hear some opinions on the possible 1st opponents for the Pacers.

I'm assuming neither the Pacers, Knicks or Heat won't slip up far enough to face each other in the 1st,
and it's also becoming apparent Milwaukee will finish no higher than 8th, so...

Nets/ Bulls/ Celtics/ Hawks
They're all good teams - Who would you rather face? Who would you rather avoid? and why?

Sollozzo
03-02-2013, 05:34 PM
Any of them is going to be significantly more difficult than an Orlando team without Dwight Howard.

MillerTime
03-02-2013, 05:41 PM
Atlanta for sure

BornReady
03-02-2013, 05:48 PM
Atlanta is our Achilles heel. I don't think I'd want them. We'd be hard pressed to stop Deron, so I don't want to play him either. Currently I think I'd be fine with either Boston or Chicago (without Rose)

daschysta
03-02-2013, 05:50 PM
I'll be a pansy and hope Milwaukee passes Boston for the 7th seed, unlikely as that is.

Out of those though? Atlanta I guess, that or Chicago actually, they've been on a downward spiral, and I'm not sure Rose is going to return, and even if he does he simply won't have enough time to regain his form. Plus beating Chicago straight up in a series would be the most satisfying out of those choices for a first round matchup. Additionally if Chicago does get the 7th seed or 6th seed it means they didn't regain form and put together a run/ didn't get rose back or he's ineffective once they did.

MillerTime
03-02-2013, 05:55 PM
Boston has too much playoff experience, Nets are just too talented, Chicago will have Rose back for the playoffs....Atlanta is our best bet

purdue101
03-02-2013, 05:59 PM
We should intentionally tank to take the 3 seed vs 2 seed, lose homecourt in the 2nd round, just so we don't have to face Boston minus Rondo

Shade
03-02-2013, 06:02 PM
If the officiating so far is any indication, then Brooklyn is the last team I want to face.

Derek2k3
03-02-2013, 06:02 PM
Man, I want the Bulls in round 1. Especially if Cry Baby Rose is back.

I'd love sticking it to them.

purdue101
03-02-2013, 06:04 PM
Atlanta

Steagles
03-02-2013, 06:04 PM
I really don't want to face Atlanta. In the order, I'd take Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta. Plus I want to beat the hell out of the Bulls to avenge our porch being lit on fire.

Derek2k3
03-02-2013, 06:09 PM
I really don't want to face Atlanta. In the order, I'd take Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta. Plus I want to beat the hell out of the Bulls to avenge our porch being lit on fire.

Yeah. I mean, obviously I'll be stoked about ANY series win, but I really want to beat the Bulls. We owe them a couple, no doubt.

Miller_time04
03-02-2013, 07:10 PM
Brooklyn. Their not that great. Just gotta stop Lopez.

DgR
03-02-2013, 07:21 PM
I think avoiding the Nets is preferable, and on paper, Boston minus Rondo is the least difficult of the 4.
But funnily enough, even though we might end the regular season a higher seed than all of these teams and have home court advantage,
it seems there aren't really any favourites in these potential matchups.

joew8302
03-02-2013, 07:25 PM
Not to avoid the question, but honestly, I don't care.

If we are on top of our game it really will not matter. We are better than all of the teams listed.

Jukeb0xHero
03-02-2013, 07:52 PM
Anyone saying Chicago is crazy. They're the best defensive team outside of us and it would likely be a tough, wearing series much like when we faced them in 2010 but with roles reversed. We'd win, but it'd be a physically rough series. And they have a possible poison pill with the return of Rose and with Rose are thereabouts on our level.

I also disagree about Milwaukee and Boston, Boston's play is an abberation. Milwaukee's not much if any better but they can still end up 7. Only two games back. Boston is terribly thin and old.

pacers74
03-02-2013, 08:11 PM
Chicago has fallen all the way to the 6th seed. I don't want to play them, so we need to stay ahead of New York. I would rather play Boston. Chicago is very physical, and we be beat up by the time we got to the second round. Let Chicago and New York beat each other up.

gummy
03-02-2013, 08:14 PM
Bulls or Boston. I always like beating the Bulls. I also like the idea of totally slamming the window on the Boston group. In terms of team reputation I think winning a series against Boston would be really good for us. The idea of going through ye olde Eastern Conference powerhouse...yeah, let me reverse it. Boston or Chicago. Boston has lost a step defensively and we don't need to get beat up on by Chicago so early in the playoffs. :)

Atlanta and Brooklyn present match-up problems for us. We seem to have a good deal of trouble with those teams.

OlBlu
03-02-2013, 09:39 PM
I don't get to watch a lot of NBA games since I live on the other side of the world,
so if I do stay up to watch one, it's obviously gonna be a Pacers game :)
Therefore, I'm not too familiar with the other teams' quality, except fot their respective rosters and standings,
so I was interested to hear some opinions on the possible 1st opponents for the Pacers.

I'm assuming neither the Pacers, Knicks or Heat won't slip up far enough to face each other in the 1st,
and it's also becoming apparent Milwaukee will finish no higher than 8th, so...

Nets/ Bulls/ Celtics/ Hawks
They're all good teams - Who would you rather face? Who would you rather avoid? and why?

I think all four of those teams could give the Pacers problems in the playoffs and it is no certainty that the Pacers can beat any of them......:cool: ...

OlBlu
03-02-2013, 09:40 PM
Brooklyn. Their not that great. Just gotta stop Lopez.

I thought this might be toughest matchup of the four teams for the Pacers......:cool: ...

PacersHomer
03-02-2013, 10:30 PM
I want the Celtics because I do not believe they are good enough to challenge anyone in the 1st round.

Ichi
03-02-2013, 10:39 PM
Anyone saying Chicago is crazy. They're the best defensive team outside of us and it would likely be a tough, wearing series much like when we faced them in 2010 but with roles reversed. We'd win, but it'd be a physically rough series. And they have a possible poison pill with the return of Rose and with Rose are thereabouts on our level.

I also disagree about Milwaukee and Boston, Boston's play is an abberation. Milwaukee's not much if any better but they can still end up 7. Only two games back. Boston is terribly thin and old.

I would rather watch this series than any others because of how tough both teams are. However, I think the Bulls are the worst draw for us, they are the only team that can out defend and hustle us. The Celtics are around there as well, but I believe without Rondo they don't have the ability to break us down.

Ichi
03-02-2013, 10:42 PM
In order for teams I would prefer we get (Not for my own entertainment, but for best matchup in Series) I would go: Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago. I just think the Bulls are the toughest out because they are a straight up grind out kind of team. The others aren't the greatest of matchups for us, but in a series our D wears them out I think.

Edit: I would actually prefer Atlanta before Brooklyn even with our history vs. ATL. I don't view them as a good team in a series, we could break them down far easier than the other teams.

Sparhawk
03-02-2013, 10:55 PM
I'd take on any of them. Atlanta has had our number in the past, but I think their power over the Pacers is seriously waning. Brooklyn might be the toughest opponent other than the Bulls since they are so well coached.

yoadknux
03-02-2013, 11:42 PM
Atlanta has the least talent but they've ALWAYS owned us, I don't want them at all
Brooklyn/Chicago could give us problems
Boston has the most experience but the least talented active roster. They're old and injured. I'd want Boston

PaceBalls
03-03-2013, 02:32 AM
I don't really care who we play. It would be fun to lay the smack down on the Bulls as a nice warm up to the playoffs.

I do know that all those teams are praying and trying hard not to get matched up with the Pacers!

Richard_Skull
03-03-2013, 03:55 AM
As a fan, and what I believe would help boost Pacers popularity the most, I would love to play and stomp Chicago. Then, do the same to NY, and then have a dog fight with Miami.

15th parallel
03-03-2013, 04:53 AM
We have a very strong Pacers team, so any of them will not be a concern for me. If I want to make an interesting match-up, I would want to have Chicago or Boston. Chicago because they are our division rival right now, and it would really draw the best out of those two teams. It would really be satisfying to dominate that Chicago team after getting beat 2 seasons ago.

Boston I would like to face because they are somewhat similar to the Pacers. As I said in one previous thread, Pacers have that same engine as the Celtics - strong brotherhood and camaraderie, plays tough-nosed defense, very tight chemistry, and a coach that drives a very strong sense of respect out of its players. It would be interesting to see if the Pacers can beat their old brothers.

It would be better if Brooklyn will face the Knicks because they are somewhat like the Lakers and Clippers right now, and it will be fun to read some trash-talking between NYers. :)

McKeyFan
03-03-2013, 06:21 AM
Nice thread question. Everyone giving different answers. This provides a little more variety than "Do you like Danny Granger" or "Should small kittens be crushed?"

Hoop
03-04-2013, 01:21 AM
As a fan, and what I believe would help boost Pacers popularity the most, I would love to play and stomp Chicago. Then, do the same to NY, and then have a dog fight with Miami.
I think we could beat both those teams, then against Miami anything could happen. The only thing that would scare me is the amount of Chicago fans that would end up with playoff tickets at BLF. It really sucks to have a bunch of opposing fans there.

KingGeorge_24
03-04-2013, 07:02 AM
I do not want to face Brooklyn in the first round. If i had to choose id wish for the Bucks to go up one haha. But if i had to choose one then id go with Boston or Atlanta.

pizza guy
03-05-2013, 01:48 AM
Only team I'm thinking twice about in the East is Miami. If Chicago gets DRose back, obviously, they become tougher, but who knows what's going to happen there?

Outside of Deron and Lopez, the Nets are not scaring me. And, over a series, those two do not have enough to beat us (though I still think about how awesome it might have been to get Deron at point for us).

ATL's run is done. I'm betting Josh Smith mails it in and barely even tries during these playoffs. That team is about to implode, IMO. No way they're a threat.

Chicago always plays us tough, but without Rose, they just don't have the horses to hang for 7 games (though Doris Burke might argue that Noah could win any series playing 1-on-5, lol).

Boston is also done. They will give it the old college try, but despite being the veteran team that "knows how to win" and all that, they won't be able to compete with our youth, length, and talent.

So, whoever we get, it won't matter that much. Not that I think we'll just walk through the East because the ECF with Miami is predestined. We'll have to earn it. But, we're the second seed for a reason: We're better than those other 6 playoff teams.

Coopdog23
03-05-2013, 11:50 AM
Boston. I know they're tough and all, but without Rondo, they should be an easier task to beat than BKN, CHI, or ATL