It’s Time For the Playoffs
Time to close out the regular season. pic.twitter.com/PtoKePDWCY
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 10, 2018
The Pacers wore their Hickory uniforms in their last game of the regular season against the Charlotte Hornets. With the playoffs starting on Saturday, Nate McMillian decided to bench Victor Oladipo, Thaddeus Young, and Bojan Bogadanovic. The shorthanded starting five took the floor and played a tough game, but without their key players, the Pacers fell to the Hornets, 119-93. This loss did not affect the Pacers’ fifth place spot going into the playoffs.
It was fan appreciation night on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. All of the Pacers thanked their incredible fans for their support this season, and they got everyone pumped up for the playoffs. This has been an unforgettable season for the Pacers, and they wanted to show their fans how much they love them.
— FOX Sports Indiana (@FSIndiana) April 10, 2018
Saying thanks to the greatest fans in the world. pic.twitter.com/Ivv5w65lQU
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 11, 2018
Before the game, the Pacers released an episode about Al Jefferson called My Home Court.
Growing up in Mississippi, Al Jefferson's grandfather built him a basketball hoop out of a foot tub. "Built me this bootleg basketball goal… It was just something I'll always cherish."
The full story in Al's episode of My Home Court: pic.twitter.com/aBSpYcKUjX
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 9, 2018
In this video, Al Jefferson talks about his time growing up in Mississippi and about how he got started playing basketball. His grandfather built him a bootleg basketball hoop out of a foot tub, and Al remembers this today because it was his first basketball hoop. It was his dream to play in the NBA, and his older brother and cousin pushed him to become a better player and to get where he is today.
Big Al also received 13 minutes of playing time in the last game of the regular season. No. 25 scored in the double-digits with 12 points, and he also had five rebounds. Al’s contribution to the team this season has not gone unnoticed. He is always ready to step in and deliver a great game whenever his team needs him.
The Pacers finished their season with 48 wins and are excited and ready to head into the Eastern Conference playoffs.