For the first time all season, the Heat (red) have a better record than the Pacers (blue).
That means the Heat (51-22) would get the No. 1 seed over the Pacers (52-23) if the season ended today.
Roy Hibbert, via Bob Kravitz of the IndyStar:
“Good for them (the Heat),” Roy Hibbert said dourly. “We don’t deserve it. Good for them. Whoever we see in the playoffs, we’ll see, but we’ve got to figure things out…But we don’t deserve the No. 1 seed.”
Well, technically, Hibbert is absolutely correct. The team with the conference’s best record deserves the No. 1 seed, and the Pacers don’t have the Eastern Conference’s best record.
But Indiana has more wins than Miami. The top seed is still very much in reach – if the Pacers get it together.
If they end their bickering, they might get the top seed. If they end their bickering and fix their offense, they’ll almost definitely get the top seed.
Now isn’t the time for sulking. It’s time for the Pacers to summon their resolve and show why they should deserve the No. 1 seed.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.