1997–98 Indiana Pacers season

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1997–98 Indiana Pacers season
Head coach Larry Bird
Arena Market Square Arena
Results
Record 58–24 (.707)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(eliminated 3-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Midwest, WTTV
Radio WIBC
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997–98 Indiana Pacers season was the 22nd season of the Indiana Pacers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] It was Larry Bird's first year as head coach. The Pacers would return to the playoffs and finish the season with a 58-24 record, second in the Central Division. In the postseason, they would defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round, then defeat the New York Knicks in the semifinals, but would lose to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1997 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 12 Austin Croshere SF/PF  United States Providence

Roster[edit]

Starter

Backup

Reverse

Inactive

*Injured

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Rik Smits Mark Pope Mark West
PF Dale Davis Antonio Davis Austin Croshere
SF Chris Mullin Derrick McKey Etdrick Bohannon
SG Reggie Miller Jalen Rose Fred Hoiberg
PG Mark Jackson Travis Best Haywoode Workman

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756 37–4 25–16 21–7
x-Indiana Pacers 58 24 .707 4 32–9 26–15 19–9
x-Charlotte Hornets 51 31 .622 11 32–9 19–22 16–12
x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 12 29–12 21–20 19–9
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 15 27–14 20–21 14–14
Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 25 25–16 12–29 12–16
Milwaukee Bucks 36 46 .439 26 21–20 15–26 9–19
Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 46 9–32 7–34 2–26
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756
2 y-Miami Heat 55 27 .671 7
3 x-Indiana Pacers 58 24 .707 4
4 x-Charlotte Hornets 51 31 .622 11
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 12
6 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 15
7 x-New York Knicks 43 39 .524 19
8 x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 19
9 Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 20
10 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 21
11 Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 25
12 Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 26
12 Milwaukee Bucks 36 46 .439 26
14 Philadelphia 76ers 31 51 .378 31
15 Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 46
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

1997–98 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(3) Indiana Pacers vs. (6) Cleveland Cavaliers Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Pacers and Cavaliers.

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(IND-CLE)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 23 Indiana 106 Cleveland 77 1-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 1 TNT 8:00et
2 April 25 Indiana 92 Cleveland 86 2-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 2 NBC 1:00et
3 April 27 Cleveland 86 Indiana 77 2-1 Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio 3 TNT 7:00et
4 April 30 Cleveland 74 Indiana 80 3-1 Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio 4 TBS 7:00et
Indiana wins series 3–1

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(3) Indiana Pacers vs. (7) New York Knicks Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-3)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(IND-NYK)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 5 Indiana 93 New York 83 1-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 1 TNT 8:00et
2 May 7 Indiana 85 New York 77 2-0 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 2 TNT 8:00et
3 May 9 New York 83 Indiana 76 2-1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 3 NBC 1:00et
4 May 10 New York 107 Indiana 118 3-1 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York 4 NBC 12:30et
5 May 13 Indiana 99 New York 88 4-1 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 5 TNT 7:00et
Indiana wins series 4–1

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Indiana Pacers Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Bulls and Pacers.

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHI-IND)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 17 Chicago 85 Indiana 79 1-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 NBC 3:30et
2 May 19 Chicago 104 Indiana 98 2-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 TNT 8:30et
3 May 23 Indiana 107 Chicago 105 2-1 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 3 NBC 3:30et
4 May 25 Indiana 96 Chicago 94 2-2 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 4 NBC 3:30et
5 May 27 Chicago 106 Indiana 87 3-2 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 5 NBC 9:00et
6 May 29 Indiana 92 Chicago 89 3-3 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana 6 NBC 9:00et
7 May 31 Chicago 88 Indiana 83 4-3 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 7 NBC 7:00et
Chicago wins series 4–3

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Season[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Reggie Miller 81 232 1578 19.5
Rik Smits 73 505 1216 16.7
Chris Mullin 82 249 927 11.3
Antonio Davis 82 560 785 9.6
Jalen Rose 82 195 771 9.4
Mark Jackson 82 322 678 8.3
Dale Davis 78 611 626 8.0
Travis Best 82 122 535 6.5
Derrick McKey 57 211 359 6.3
Fred Hoiberg 65 123 261 4.0
Austin Croshere 26 45 76 2.9
Mark West 15 15 23 1.5
Mark Pope 28 26 39 1.4
Etdrick Bohannon 5 6 0 0.0
  • Starters in BOLD

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Reggie Miller
Rik Smits
Antonio Davis
Mark Jackson
Chris Mullin
Dale Davis
Jalen Rose
Travis Best
Derrick McKey
Fred Hoiberg
Mark Pope
Mark West

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]