The Pacers took a 2-1 series lead over the Wizards last night, and are one step closer to representing the Central Division in the Eastern Conference Finals. That accomplishment seemed like an inevitability during the season, but Indiana has had to desperately claw their way this far after a late season swoon and continued struggles in the postseason. Here’s more out of the Central:
- Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times looks at the Bulls’ options to back up star center Joakim Noah next season. Aside from the possible return of free agent Nazr Mohammed, Cowley speculates that Jason Collins or Greg Oden could be a good fit. Cowley doesn’t see any potential matches at center where Chicago will be selecting in the draft.
- The Bucks plan to put second-year players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters on their summer league roster, along with their incoming draft picks, vice president of player personnel Dave Babcock tells Charles F. Gardner of The Journal Sentinel.
- Babcock doesn’t expect the Bucks to work out as many players this year due to the position of their draft picks. “It’s going to limit us to maybe five or six guys [in the first round], and then we have 31, 36 and 48,” he tells Gardner. “So a lot of those players in between are saying, ‘We’re not coming in there, because we don’t think we’ll be at 31.’ You know how that goes.”