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Pacers’ Jeff Teague: ‘We ain’t getting swept’

Deron Williams, Jeff Teague

Indiana Pacers guard Jeff Teague (44) drive son Cleveland Cavaliers guard Deron Williams (31) in the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 119-114. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


The Pacers just suffered a historic loss, blowing a 26-point lead to the Cavaliers to fall behind 3-1 in their first-round series.

But Indiana still has its resolve – at least if you ask Pacers point guard Jeff Teague.

Teague, via Nate Taylor of IndyStar:

“We’re playing for pride now,” Jeff Teague said. “We’re all competitors in here and we all believe in one another. We ain’t getting swept.”

Let’s set a baseline expectation. Teams trailing a best-of-seven series 3-0 have gotten swept 60% of the time:


But Indiana has played Cleveland extremely tough, losing 109-108, 117-111 and 119-114. In fact, the Pacers’ -12 combined point margin is the smallest ever for a team trailing a best-of-seven series 3-0.

Paul George has been excellent. The Cavaliers’ defense is extremely vulnerable. Sunday’s Game 4 is in Indiana (though most teams trailing 3-0 play at home).

The Pacers have a solid chance of winning Game 4. They’re just three-point underdogs.

But that’s only one game. Teague is almost certainly correct that Indiana is playing for pride – not to win the series.