May 30 2013 9:54AM

FIve, Six, Seven


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With Indiana's 99-92 win over Miami in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday, this series just became too, too good, with this playoff matchup now knotted at 2-2.

It sets up the dramatic Game 5, Game 6 and (possibly) Game 7 in the week to come.

There is not much better in the NBA Playoffs than a series tied at two games apiece.

You get memorable games, marvelous match-ups and potentially powerful playoff performances.

I decided to take a closer look at how Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers players have fared in past forays with Games 5, 6 and 7.

Guess what I found?

These Indiana Pacers are not used to playing games this deep in a playoff series.

In fact, if you sort out the Heat and Pacers players by total minutes played in Games 5, 6 and 7, the seven most experienced players all play for Miami.

Not only does LeBron and Company have home-court advantage going into these last three contests--playing Games 5 and 7 in Miami--they also wear the been-there, done-that-before look of confidence.

To break it down one way, the Miami Heat since the 2011 NBA Playoffs--a.k.a. The Big 3 era of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh--have a 10-3 record in Games 5, 6 and 7.

The Pacers, with their starting-five collective together since the 2012 NBA Playoffs, are 4-4 in Games 5, 6 and 7.

But to break it down even further, check out the career numbers of all the Heat and Pacers players who have logged at least 100 minutes for various teams in their Game 5, 6 and 7 contests (order sorted by total minutes played; each player's team wins and losses are found in the parentheses besides the number of games played).

HEAT CAREER AVERAGES IN PLAYOFFS GAMES 5, 6 & 7

Ray Allen, Heat, 44 games (24-20), 38.2 minutes, 17.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, .571 true shooting percentage

LeBron James, Heat, 32 games (20-12), 44.8 minutes, 29.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, .572 true shooting percentage

Dwyane Wade, Heat, 31 games (20-11), 39.8 minutes, 24.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, .565 true shooting percentage

Udonis Haslem, Heat, 29 games (17-12), 27.8 minutes, 7.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, .541 true shooting percentage

Shane Battier, Heat, 23 games (13-10), 33.3 minutes, 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, .518 true shooting percentage

Rashard Lewis, Heat, 14 games (8-6), 39.9 minutes, 18.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, .534 true shooting percentage

Mario Chalmers, Heat, 17 games (11-6), 31.4 minutes, 10.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, .594 true shooting percentage

James Jones, Heat, 27 games (16-11), 18.4 minutes, 5.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.3 blocks, .608 true shooting percentage

Chris Bosh, Heat, 14 games (9-5), 34.4 minutes, 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, .563 true shooting percentage

Joel Anthony, Heat, 13 games (8-5), 22.1 minutes, 3.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, .642 true shooting percentage

Juwan Howard, Heat, 16 games (9-7), 14.3 minutes, 4.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, .515 true shooting percentage

Mike Miller, Heat, 11 games (8-3), 15.5 minutes, 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 steals, .652 true shooting percentage

Chris Andersen, Heat, 9 games (4-5), 17.7 minutes, 3.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, .657 true shooting percentage

PACERS CAREER AVERAGES IN PLAYOFFS GAMES 5, 6 & 7

David West, Pacers, 15 games (7-8), 33.9 minutes, 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, .542 true shooting percentage

George Hill, Pacers, 11 games (6-5), 34.4 minutes, 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, .551 true shooting percentage

Paul George, Pacers, 8 games (4-4), 36.8 minutes, 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, .540 true shooting percentage

Roy Hibbert, Pacers, 8 games (4-4), 33.4 minutes, 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, .564 true shooting percentage

Danny Granger, Pacers, 6 games (1-5), 34.8 minutes, 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, .595 true shooting percentage

Lance Stephenson, Pacers, 6 games (4-2), 24.5 minutes, 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, .524 true shooting percentage

Sam Young, Pacers, 7 games (3-4), 17.1 minutes, 6.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, .523 true shooting percentage

Tyler Hansbrough, Pacers, 8 games (4-4), 14.1 minutes, 4.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.1 blocks, .433 true shooting percentage

SOURCE: Basketball-Reference.