Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan has been named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for games played in April, the National Basketball Association announced Friday.
McMillan guided the Pacers to a 5-1 record during April, tied for the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Indiana closed the month and the regular season with five consecutive victories to secure the seventh playoff seed in the East.
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For the month, the Pacers ranked third in the NBA in scoring (115.5 points per game) and fourth in field goal percentage (50.1) and point differential (plus 11.7). Indiana’s only defeat was a 135-130 double-overtime loss to its first-round postseason opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Game 1 of the series against Cleveland is set for Saturday, April 15, at 3:00 p.m. on ABC.
McMillan shares honors with Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers who was named Western Conference Coach of the Month. Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Boston’s Brad Stevens, Chicago’s Fred Hoiberg, Denver’s Michael Malone, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Luke Walton, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, Portland’s Terry Stotts, Toronto’s Dwane Casey and Utah’s Quin Snyder.
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