Pacers fans want playoff spot, not draft pick

Rodney Stuckey, Brian Roberts
Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey, left, drives on Charlotte Hornets guard Brian Roberts in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 3, 2015, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 93-74. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Dan Noss and his son Duncan drove from South Bend Tuesday night to see the Pacers get a little bit closer to the NBA Playoffs.

“It was loud from the beginning and fans, the way they were getting together,” Noss said. “I spent the first quarter just watching fans getting into the game. It was fun.”

The atmosphere was electric. And Pacers fans say a playoff series is worth much more than a better draft pick.

“First round draft picks don’t work out so a couple of spots probably don’t hurt them at all,” Noss said. “Making the playoffs is a big thing and that’s what they work for. That’s your goal. It’s a big deal.”

Despite the strong convictions to get into the postseason, Judy Mason’s expectations are realistic.

“I have to say this, but I don’t expect them to go all the way, but I think they have a chance,” Mason said.

And her excitement is off the charts.

“It makes me feel great. I’m a Paul George fan and I’m so glad he’s back, the team is doing fantastic,” Mason said.

The game starts at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Memphis.

Right now if the Pacers win, they’re slotted to play the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.

They can still get in with a loss but they would need Brooklyn to also lose. They play the Orlando Magic Wednesday night at 8. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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