The Indiana Pacers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Even though they may still be flying under the radar, the Pacers have been gaining momentum, as well as gathering respect from their opponents. Indiana has been the best defensive team in the league for the majority of this season, and are currently the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
Recently, Indiana also crept up in the NBA power rankings. The Pacers, who have won five games in a row, are now placed as one of the top five teams in the league. The Pacers are also tied for the fifth-best home record in the league. None of these accolades seem to compare to the fact that the Miami Heat might happen to be playing on the same night, or at the same time.
Last week, in the midst of the all-encompassing tornado of media madness that was the Heat’s attempt to break the NBA’s all-time winning streak, ESPN decided to pull the Pacers out of a rare prime time opportunity. Instead of brodcasting the Pacers against the Oklahoma City Thunder this Friday, ESPN chose to swap their options, choosing to rather show the Heat against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Even if Miami was still running towards the best pro basketball streak of all time, the game against the Bobcats would have not been the record-breaker. Even though the streak is over, ESPN has decided to keep the Heat game against the lowly Bobcats as their Friday night highlight. The Pacers have earned this kind of exposure, and it’s a shame that they will not get it.