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Games 1 and 2 between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat were both down-to-the-wire affairs. Game 3, not so much. Hopefully we get more of the former and less of the latter when Game 4 rolls around on Tuesday night.
After fiddling around in Game 2 and allowing the Pacers to steal home-court advantage, Miami seemed to remember that it looked like one of the best teams inNBA history in its previous 50 games.
The Heat took an early lead, extended it, held on as tight as possible and ended up walking away with a 114-96 win.
The game was more or less decided by the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Indiana didn’t wave the white flag until well into the fourth, but the Heat never took their foot off the gas pedal.
Miami shot 55 percent from the field and 43 percent from the three-point line, and it scored 52 points in the paint against a team that touted the best defense in each of those categories during the regular season.
The Heat played just about as perfect a game as any team could against these Pacers, and the score reflected just that.
Game 4 will likely play a huge part in deciding which team makes it to the NBA Finals. This game falls just short of being a must-win for the Pacers; it’s more of a, “Man, things will be difficult if we don’t win” game for them.
Time: Tuesday, May 28, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Series: Miami, 2-1
Key Storyline: The Turnaround
Surprisingly enough, the Pacers looked like the better team through the first two games.
They held the lead for the majority of both games, hit shots to keep it close when Miami did get out ahead and played suffocating defense on the peripheral members of the Heat.
LeBron James averaged 33 points in the first two games, but the rest of the team had trouble getting into any kind of a flow.
Miami’s shooting percentage was solid through the first two, knocking down 47 percent of its attempts.
However, the Heat made just 30 percent of their three-point attempts in those games, with the Pacers’ perimeter defense doing its job.
Compare those two to Game 3, and you’ll see an eight percent bump in field-goal percentage and 13 percent in three-point percentage.
Shane Battier and Ray Allen didn’t necessarily get into a perfect flow, but Mario Chalmers knocked down his shots, Chris Bosh had some key three-pointers and Udonis Haslem remembered that offense is actually an option when he’s on the court.
When the Heat are more than the “LeBron James Show,” it’s obviously harder to beat them. But when guys like Chalmers and Haslem are efficient, along with Dwyane Wade, Bosh and LeBron, you might as well pack up after the third quarter.
Series Star So Far: LeBron James
LeBron had a bit of an off night in Game 3, scoring “just” 22 points on “measly” 47 percent shooting with four rebounds and three assists.
When you average 33 points, nine rebounds, 6.5 assists and two blocks on 59 percent shooting in the first two games of the series, even a simple “good” game looks like a disappointment.
But make no mistake—there is no other player quite like LeBron in this one. He’s put together a stat line of 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, a steal and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 56 percent from the floor.
That’s pretty good.
He’s hit a game-winning shot (although he did cough up two huge turnovers to seal Miami’s fate in Game 2) and carried the biggest load for Miami in each of the first three games.
Until Paul George starts knocking down more than 50 percent of his shots or Roy Hibbert completely keeps Miami out of the paint, LeBron won’t be dethroned.
Numbers-wise, LeBron isn’t having one of those legendary performances like back in 2009, but it’s not like he’s impacting the game any less.
Projected Starting Lineups
Miami Heat: Mario Chalmers (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), LeBron James (SF), Udonis Haslem (PF), Chris Bosh (C)
Indiana Pacers: George Hill (PG), Lance Stephenson (SG), Paul George (SF), David West (PF), Roy Hibbert (C)
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