The top-seeded Indiana Pacers survived a difficult series against the up-and-coming Washington Wizards, but the Eastern Conference Finals present their biggest challenge yet. With LeBron James and the red-hot Miami Heat racing towards a possible three-peat, we've got the matchup we were waiting for all season.
It may not have come precisely how we envisioned, though.
When the Pacers and Heat were ravaging through the East earlier this season, it seemed inevitable that the two squads would meet for a rematch of last year's East Finals. The Pacers forced Miami to seven games in that series, and, this postseason, it seemed possible they could finally take the next leap.
Obviously, we know how everything panned out from there, with Roy Hibbert's game falling apart alongside the Pacers' title chances. However, we saw some positive signs in a close series against Washington, and Indiana will surely try to focus on those aspects as Miami looms.
The Pacers host the Heat to open the series on Sunday, with the remainder of the games following the 2-2-1-1-1 pattern we've seen all postseason. Here's a look at the broadcast information for all seven games, should the series last that long.
Game 1: Sunday, May 18, @ Indiana, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Tuesday, May 20 @ Indiana, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3: Saturday, May 24 @ Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: Monday, May 26 @ Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 5 *: Wednesday, May 28 @ Indiana, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 6 *: Friday, May 30 @ Miami, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 7 *: Sunday, June 1 @ Indiana, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)