The Pacers are down three games to the Cavs, which pretty much guarantees they won't win the series. While it's still technically possible, it seems incredibly unlikely considering it has never been done before. In fact, only three teams have ever even pushed a 3-0 series to Game 7.
So at this point, Indiana is playing just not to embarrass itself. But it's not going to be easy. Rebounding from a mentally draining game like the one it lost Thursday will be a real test, but Jeff Teague says his teammates are up to the task.
"We’re playing for pride now," Teague said after the game. "We’re all competitors in here and we all believe in one another. We ain’t getting swept. We got pride and we ain't getting swept so we're going to move on and come out ready to play."
Coach Nate McMillan shared a similar sentiment in his postgame news conference.
“We’re going into that game not to give them a ‘W’ on Sunday. We’re going in there and trying to extend this and it will show if you’re not playing with that mindset. I expect us to play with that mindset," he said.
Coming back to Teague, not getting swept is important to him from a personal standpoint, because LeBron James has been his kryptonite. Teague came to Indiana this year after playing for the Hawks in his first seven seasons, and those Hawks teams were eliminated by James' Cavs the last two years.
Not only were they eliminated, but they were swept. That means Teague has lost 11 straight postseason games to James and the Cavs, and he'll fight hard to make sure that streak doesn't extend to 12. That will be easier said than done.