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Pacers fire McMillan after new sweep


Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan reacts during the NBA playoff game against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


The Indiana Pacers fired coach Nate McMillan on Wednesday, less than three weeks after agreeing to a two-year extension to his contract.

McMillan’s dismissal was announced 48 hours after the Pacers were swept in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, taking them to the playoffs in each. But Indiana was never able to get through the first round and they were swept 4-0 three times. His record in the playoffs was 3-16.

“It’s been a very difficult decision to make, but we feel that changing direction is in the best interests of the organization,” said Pacers basketball president Kevin Pritchard, a longtime McMillan associate.

“Nate and I have been through good times and bad; and it has been an honor to work with him these 11 years (in Indiana and Portland), “he added.

McMillan closed his cycle with Indiana ranked third in wins in team history in the NBA.