Revisiting all-time playoff history between Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers v Milwaukee Bucks
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In the coming days, the Milwaukee Bucks will officially kick off a postseason matchup against the Indiana Pacers for the third time in their history.

There has been plenty of chatter about this one, especially with all of the tension and controversy stemming from their five regular season matchups. It feels like a rivalry may be brewing between these two. Does their past playoff history add anything to the rivalry? Let's take a look.

Revisiting all-time playoff history between Bucks and Pacers

The Milwaukee Bucks have only played the Indiana Pacers twice ever in the postseason with the most recent series coming 24 years ago. These two Eastern Conference competitors faced off against one another in consecutive first rounds in 1999 and 2000, with Indiana winning both matchups.

In 1999, the Pacers swept the Bucks, thanks to an all-around great team effort. Reggie Miller led the way by averaging 26.3 points, while Jalen Rose added 15 points and four assists per contest across three matchups.

The Big 3 of Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell put up an excellent fight, but they could not steal a game from the Pacers. Allen averaged 22.3 points, while Robison added 20.7. Cassell played his role as floor general well, with 15.3 points and 8.7 assists per contest.

In 2000, the Pacers still advanced, but the Bucks put up a much better fight, ultimately falling 3-2. Allen once again led the way as he averaged 22 points, while Cassell, Robinson and Tim Thomas all averaged above 15 points across the five games.

For Indiana, it was once again Miller and Rose who led, with the former averaging 24.2 points and the latter putting up 19 points and four rebounds per contest. The Pacers went on to the NBA Finals that year to face off against the title-winning Los Angeles Lakers.

It's a bit surprising that it's taken this long for these two Central Division foes to meet in the playoffs after all these years, but now, another chapter is about to be written for the history books. There's no doubt that this could be the most exciting of them all.

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