Who is to blame for the Pacers being swept out of the playoffs by the Cavaliers?
The Indiana Pacers fought like hell to make the 2017 postseason — to give themselves a chance to win a title. After Sunday, that seemed like a lot of work for nothing. The Pacers were eliminated in four hard-fought, relatively close, and at times comically sloppy games by the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday afternoon, ending their up-and-down season at its lowest point. Despite the games being close — the average margin of victory for the Cavs was four points — the sweep was an embarrassment to the Pacers, who not that long ago were viewed as possible title contenders. But that era is past now, and even after some bold moves this past offseason, the Pacers are still also-rans in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavaliers 4 wins over the Pacers came by a combined 16 points, tied for the smallest margin of victory in 4-game sweep all-time. pic.twitter.com/mBr9mZNj6A
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 23, 2017
LeBron James has eliminated the Pacers in four of their past five playoff appearances. pic.twitter.com/f6TleEGlaW
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) April 23, 2017
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) April 23, 2017
Paul George had a chance to tie:
— OnSMASH (@OnSMASH) April 23, 2017
Paul George is now 2-for-32 all-time on potential game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final 15 seconds, including reg. season and playoffs.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 23, 2017
Paul George in elimination games…
'10-11: 2-8 FG
'11-12: 4-10 FG
'12-13: 2-9 FG
'13-14: 8-18 FG
'15-16: 8-18 FG
Today: 5-21 FG
— B.J. Boyer (@wcboyer24) April 23, 2017
Dieter Kurtenbach from Fox Sports on Paul George:
In the Cavs’ four-game sweep, George averaged a career-best 28, 8 and 7, but he never rivaled LeBron James (a tall task, but one George should be able to undertake at times) and was not unquestionably the second-best player on the court in the series — though that might be recency bias from Game 4 and the memory of that horrific miss crossing over. Nonetheless, George played as well as any reasonable person could expect. This is a player who is 0-for-15 in potential go-ahead or game-winning baskets with 20 seconds or less left, after all — 28, 8 and 7 is a great line. And that is the crux of the Pacers’ issue. George is a great player, but he’s not a transcendent one — not like James, or Stephen Curry, or Kevin Durant, or Kawhi Leonard. George sits firmly near the top of the second tier of superstar, but there doesn’t seem to be much room for his game to grow. The Paul George the Pacers had this year is the Paul George they can likely expect for the next few years, and while that’s excellent, it’s not good enough.
Pacers' Paul George on whether he wants to stay in Indiana: "I ain't even at that point yet, Bob. Next question." pic.twitter.com/A85CPLtkVA
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 23, 2017
What do the fans think?
— Brett Johnson (@_BrettJohnson_) April 24, 2017
— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) April 23, 2017
— HI MY NAME IS JARED (@Irishfootball11) April 23, 2017
What a weird sweep. Pacers could have/should have won all four of those games.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) April 23, 2017
On Coach Nat McMillan:
Nate McMillan is one of the worst coaches in the history of the league.
— Ben Burman (@CoachBurman) April 21, 2017
Teague & Monta playing together down the stretch in game where Nate finally benches Monta from starting is full Nate McMillan experience.
— iPacers.com (@iPacersblog) April 21, 2017
We lost all 4 games by a total of 16 points and all of that amounts to Nate McMillan being the worst coach in the NBA
— Han (@J0shTheF0x) April 23, 2017
I would say Nate McMillan is going to lose the locker room, but I doubt he's ever had it.
— Dave DuFour (@CoachDaveDu4) April 21, 2017
I'm sad as a Pacers fan. This is sad. Nate McMillan should never coach a basketball game ever again. This is deplorable.
— Joe Beckman (@Beckman24Joe) April 21, 2017
Nate McMillan pulled a Tom Crean. Tried to get cute with a bunch of different line ups instead of playing the one or two that worked.
— Aaron Beasley (@the_beasman) April 21, 2017
The Pacers look undisciplined and unorganized. Nate McMillan clearly isn't the right guy for this job.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) April 23, 2017
Larry Bird traded for Teague and Thad saying the team needed to play fast. They were 18th in pace. That’s 100% due to Nate McMillan.
— Jared Wade (@Jared_Wade) April 23, 2017
@DickieV As a Hoosier fan I have always loved you. That's Series was lost by Nate McMillan over playing Stevenson in game 3
— Marty Book (@mbook33) April 23, 2017
On Lance Stephenson:
Pacers were swept but at least @StephensonLance was back showing he can still ball. A year with him back and they'll compete next season
— Michael (@fiestaa5) April 24, 2017
— Syd 💖 (@sydneeeyyy____) April 24, 2017
lance stephenson triumphantly coming back to the pacers just to get swept in the 1st rd by lebron is the lance-iest thing i have ever seen
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 23, 2017
@UzairJDK No, he has a real bad team. Where you getting this from? You realise Lance Stephenson was their 2nd best performer?
— Fuad (@swanson_fuad) April 24, 2017
On Paul George:
The Indiana Pacers at the end of games in this series were absolutely horrific. I wonder who Paul George will blame for him bricking that 3?
— Mike Terril (@MikeTerril) April 23, 2017
— omeradrees (@omeradrees) April 23, 2017
I don't blame Paul George if he ends up leaving the pacers
— luke (@lvkewagner) April 23, 2017
— Charles Hughes (@CharlesHHughes) April 24, 2017
Pacers got swept and I have a feeling there's no way PG13 is gonna stay long term w us.. @Yg_Trece stay in Indy and finish what you started
— CalebBergman (@IcebergFCP) April 24, 2017
Damn man i feel sorry for paul george he put his heart and soul into that series and he gets swept
— jamessss (@stiflermada) April 24, 2017
Before I go back to studying remember: Paul George let his team get swept and hit all backboard with a chance to tie the game
— Insert Name (@JustJayJust) April 24, 2017
Paul George came up small yesterday. He a super star? Nope
— LePetty James ♎ (@CTG850) April 24, 2017
Lakers fans looking at Paul George like…😂 #LakeShow
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) April 23, 2017
Paul George is going to be so mad at his teammates for his 5 for 21 shooting.#GoPacers
— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) April 23, 2017
As a Pacers fan, this hurts, but it's also the funniest thing I have ever seen. pic.twitter.com/si3qmTQvdS
— Zach Cokely (@MemeSupremeZach) April 24, 2017
What do you think? Who is to blame?