NBA Postseason Graveyard: Indiana Pacers
Welcome, to the NBA Postseason Graveyard on The 12th Man, the NBA Hoops feature for Technorati! During the postseason, when a team gets eliminated, we will take a look back at their season, and what do they do for the future to get better. There are 15 graves here, and on Tuesday evening, our second team was added.
2010-11 Indiana Pacers
Record: 37-45 (8th, East)
Playoff Result: lost conf. quarterfinals (Bulls 4-1)
It has been a long, long road since the infamous Malice at the Palace that virtually decimated the Indiana Pacers via rebuilding. Since 2004, Larry Bird has had the task of putting together a new era of players, getting rid of the reminders of the brawl (and the playoff teams of the 90s and early 2000s) and the retirement of their best player in franchise history, Reggie Miller. Though painful to watch, and the questions of if or when the Pacers would be relevant ever again.
The Pacers began rebuilding around forward Danny Granger. They built a solid young front court around him with Roy Hibbert at center and Tyler Hansbrough at power forward. They got a up-and-coming point guard in Darren Collison. After getting off to a 17-27 start under Jim O'Brien, O'Brien was let go by Bird, and replaced by interim head coach Frank Vogel. Vogel took the chain off Collison and let him be more free, allowed Hibbert and Hansbrough to be more assertive down low in the post. The Pacers looked like a different team under Vogel's direction, winning their first four games and seven of their first eight en route to finishing 20-18 for the eighth and final spot in the East. They ended up getting the Chicago Bulls, the team that not only finished 25 games ahead of them in the Central Division, but also the team with the best record in the NBA.Continued on the next page