Game Preview: Pacers vs Heat, Game 2
Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: Pacers vs Heat, Game 2
Scott Agness | May 18, 2014 at 9:23 p.m.
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The Pacers hold a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat, but they aren’t content. As the top seed, they did exactly what they’re supposed to do and having an early series lead only helps in their quest to dethrone the two-time defending NBA Champions. And that’s just how they expect the Heat to respond, like champions.
After their 11-point victory Sunday afternoon, the Pacers were proud of the effort shown and the play they got out of so many different guys. Paul George paced the team with 24 points, but the starters, who all played at least 34 minutes, ran the show.
The free throw disparity favored the Pacers, the more active and aggressive team. They were 29-of-37 at the line whereas the Heat went just 10-of-15.
After reviewing the game Monday morning, Pacers coach Frank Vogel liked their aggressiveness and ball movement. That was indicative in their 23 assists on 40 field goals. They attacked the Heat off the bounce, screened well, and caught Miami in situations that were in the Pacers’ favor.
Outside of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat didn’t get much out of their starters. Chris Bosh was ineffective in his 32 minutes on the floor. Indiana was comfortable early, hitting shots and taking advantage of mismatches particularly off pick-and-rolls.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra elected to start Shane Battier at power forward in Game 1, and have him guard George. James expressed his willingness to guard George, which would also allow him to move off of David West, one of the few players he admitted that is bigger and stronger than he is. The Pacers caught James in pick-and-roll situations with him guarding West, which caused defensive breakdowns.
While the Heat wouldn’t reveal anything after practice on Monday, adjustments will be made. Those, however, will largely involve a better effort level, and locking in on defense. They scored 96 points and shot better than 51 percent against the Pacers – strong numbers against the best defense statistically in the NBA.
Indiana reserve forward Evan Turner had strep throat and watched Game 1 at his place to ensure that it didn’t spread. He rejoined the team on Monday for practice and Vogel said Turner will have a similar role off the bench as he’s had this postseason.
If the Pacers can win on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the series, which has a three-day break before Game 3, it’ll go a long way towards them returning the favor and ending the Heat’s season.
Heat: Greg Oden (out, back)
“We played a pretty good basketball game. I think we can play better. I think we’re going to need to play better because I think Miami is going to come back and play a more complete basketball game so we have to elevate our level.” – Frank Vogel
“We don’t have any level of complacency. We know what they’re capable of. We know they’ve lost Game 1s before and won series’ before. It’s well documented. They’re the champs. I don’t think there’s anything but we need to get Game 2. That’s all we’re thinking about.” – Frank Vogel
“I think it’ll be a lot more physical, a lot more mental toughness. I think they’ll make a huge emphasis on posting guys, such as posting myself and posting on Lance. I think LeBron [James] and Dwyane [Wade] will make a big approach to being on the block.” – Paul George on what he expects from Miami
“We know they’ll be a little bit more aggressive, will trap and try to turn us over. … When we struggled against them, it’s because we’ve turned the ball over. We’re fully prepared for their aggressiveness on the ball, two guys on the ball trying to turn us over and speed us up.” – David West
“I don't know if we've been that poor [defensively] … since we put this team together. … A little bit of everything. To be frank about it, lack of detail, lack of focus, lack of discipline, lack of effort. You put that all in a bowl and you get a bad result.” – Erik Spoelstra on Game 1
“We’re going to win this series by defending, trying to keep them off the line and rebounding the ball.” – Dwyane Wade
- The home team in this matchup has won nine consecutive times.
- The Pacers are 10-2 all-time when winning Game 1 of a best-of-seven series. In the Big Three era, the Heat have gone on to win all four series in which they dropped Game 1.
- ESPN’s NBA Countdown studio show, which features Sage Steele, ex-Pacers player Jalen Rose, coach Doug Collins and Bill Simmons, will originate on site at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
- Game 1 on ABC generated a 5.8 overnight rating nationally and 20.8 in Indianapolis, the sixth-best rating for any NBA postseason game on any network.
May 18: The Pacers led wire-to-wire for the first time this postseason, putting 107 points on the board and shooting almost 52 percent in a 107-96 Game 1 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They led by as many as 19 points, limited their turnovers (12) and were never were seriously challenged.
Six Pacers players scored in double figures, including all five starters for the second straight game. Paul George had 24 points and David West scored 19. Roy Hibbert tallied nine of his 19 points at the free throw line, grabbed nine rebounds and protected the rim. Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 27 points and LeBron James was the only other Heat player to be effective, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
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NOTE: FOX Sports Indiana will air a postgame show immediately following the conclusion of Game 2, hosted by Chris Denari, Quinn Buckner, and Brooke Olzendam.
Radio: FM 107.5/AM 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter)
ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher (play-by-play), Jon Barry (analyst)
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