I do think those making like the schedule has been easy are being disingenuous. Many of those same people probably had the Nets and Bulls seeded higher in the playoffs.
I think another problem is the way the East is stacked. Only four teams are above .500. The team many expected to be terrible is .500. And only one other team is more than one game above .500. Seems like the Pacers are going to have an easy schedule throughout the season because the East is easy..