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1998–99 Indiana Pacers season

1998–99 Indiana Pacers season
Central Division Champions
Head coach Larry Bird
Arena Market Square Arena
Results
Record 33–17 (.660)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Midwest, WTTV
Radio WIBC
< 1997–98 1999–00 >

The 1998-99 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 23rd season in the NBA. The Pacers would entered the season as a heavy favorite because Michael Jordan retired and other members of the Chicago Bulls were broken up by their management. After a 4-month lockout, the Pacers would win the Central Division with a record of 33 wins and 17 losses.[1] In the playoffs, the Pacers swept the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers would advance to the Eastern Finals for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in six seasons. Once again, the Pacers were up against the New York Knicks. Despite being the 8th seeded team in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks would upset the Pacers in 6 games to reach the NBA Finals for the second time in six seasons. It was also the final season the Pacers played at Market Square Arena, moving to the Conseco Fieldhouse the following season.

Offseason

NBA Draft

Main article: 1998 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 25 Al Harrington F  United States St. Patrick's High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Roster

Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Rik Smits Sam Perkins Mark Pope
PF Dale Davis Antonio Davis Austin Croshere Al Harrington
SF Chris Mullin Derrick McKey
SG Reggie Miller Jalen Rose Fred Hoiberg
PG Mark Jackson Travis Best

Regular season

Schedule

Game Date Opponent Result Pacers points Opponents Record Streak Notes
1
[2]

Season standings

Central Division
Team W L PCT GB
Indiana Pacers 33 17 .660 -
Atlanta Hawks 31 19 .620 2
Detroit Pistons 29 21 .580 4
Milwaukee Bucks 28 22 .560 5
Charlotte Hornets 26 24 .520 7
Toronto Raptors 23 27 .460 10
Cleveland Cavaliers 22 28 .440 11
Chicago Bulls 13 37 .260 20
[3]

Playoffs

East First Round

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks: Pacers win series 3-0

  • Game 1 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 9): Indiana 110, Milwaukee 88
  • Game 2 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 11): Indiana 108, Milwaukee 107 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Bradley Center, Milwaukee (May 13): Indiana 99, Milwaukee 91

Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Pacers and Bucks.

East Conference Semifinals

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (6) Philadelphia 76ers: Pacers win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1981 Eastern Conference First Round (Philadelphia won 2-0)

East Conference Finals

(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-1)

Awards, records, and honors

Player statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Transactions

References

  • Pacers on Basketball Reference
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