10:16 AM - April 16, 2014 by MMChrisS
When it's all said and done, no one really cares if the NBA champions were a one seed or not. Champs are champs.
But leave no doubt, the fact that the Indiana Pacers have supplanted the defending kings as the top seed in the East isn't something to completely ignored. The NBA playoffs are typically back-and-forth contests where the slightest advantage can make a huge difference especially as we get closer to the Finals.
Of course, many are jumping to conclusions that Miami and Indiana will meet on the doorstep to the Finals from a weak contingency out East, but should assumptions hold true a single win or loss during an 82-game season may be the advantage the Pacers (or someone else?) needs to reach the top.
Sound Off: How much of an advantage is being a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs?