Wednesday, May 28 at 8:30 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: Pacers vs Heat, Game 5
Scott Agness | Last Updated: May 27 at 8:55 p.m. ET
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Each of the Pacers' Eastern Conference Finals home games is a Gold Out. Every fan in attendance will be given a gold t-shirt to wear, however, all fans are encouraged to wear gold to the game.
Having lost three straight games, the Pacers must win the next three games – two at home – to move on to the NBA Finals.
The difficulty level is high going against the greatest player in the world, LeBron James, and the rest of the two-time defending NBA Champions. NBA history, where only eight of 222 teams have come back from a 3-1 hole, backs up the tall task ahead of them.
The Pacers, though, can’t think of it that way. They simply have to approach it one game at a time, but with the utmost urgency.
Turnovers were the biggest issue in Game 4. They gave it away 14 times, which allowed the Heat to do what they do best—get out and score in fast break situations. Miami has scored more points off turnovers in all but one of their 13 games this postseason and have forced opponents into double-digit turnovers in every game.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday after reviewing the tape that Miami’s defensive pressure took them out of what they wanted to do, and that they weren’t disciplined with their fouling. In turn, starters Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert sat on the bench much longer than they would’ve liked and the team was unable to sustain their usual rotations.
On a night where Chris Bosh had his best playoff game in two years against the Pacers, going for 25, and the Heat were without the feisty Chris Andersen (left thigh bruise), the Pacers got nothing offensively from Hibbert. This is a matchup that typically favors him. Prior to Game 4, he had averaged better than 20 points per game over the last 10 playoff meetings on Miami. The Pacers need their big man, their rim protector and their last line of defense to stay on the floor and make a difference. He needs to do his job in order for Indiana to be successful.
There were some bright spots in Game 4, from Luis Scola’s play (12 points in less than 14 minutes) against Miami’s smaller lineup to the way the team played for much of the fourth quarter, including a 13-1 run. But Indiana needs more out of its bench, which has been outplayed in all four games, and every single player donning the blue and gold. Facing elimination, the Pacers have to look within themselves, come out and play a hard-fought, focused 48 minutes of basketball.
In their 100th game of the season, the Pacers need an exceptional overall performance at home, where they went 35-6 in the regular season but are just 4-5 in the playoffs, to keep their season alive.
Heat: Chris Andersen (day-to-day, left thigh contusion), Ray Allen (questionable, hip)
“We've got to play through randomness. That's what they force. That's what their defense forces. It takes you out of, oftentimes, what you're trying to do offensively, and you've got to play through random action. You've got to create good shots through random action. That's what attacking the Miami Heat's about.” – Frank Vogel
“Listen, 3‑1 is a tough challenge. We know that. If it's going to happen, it typically happens when the home team is down 3‑1. If we win Game 5, the pressure goes back on them. Then they've got to win Game 6. Otherwise, Game 7 is in our building. All our focus is on right now is coming back and getting Game 5 and extending the series.” – Frank Vogel
“I think that’s when we’re at our best – when our back’s against the wall. We’re going to be home in front of our fans and I’m sure they’re going crazy in the Bankers Life. It’s a good thing to have an elimination game back at home.” – George Hill
“It's going to take a better game than we had (Monday). It's that simple. You have to get better every game. Their back is against the wall, but we have to go in with that mindset that our back is against the wall, too.” – LeBron James
- The Pacers are 0-3 all-time in series in which they trailed 3-1. In the Big Three era, the Heat have won all seven series in which they had a 3-1 lead. (via ESPN Stats & Info)
- ESPN’s NBA Countdown studio show, which features Sage Steele, ex-Pacer Jalen Rose, coach Doug Collins and Bill Simmons, will originate on site at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
- The NBA fined Paul George $25,000 for his public criticism of officials after their Game 4 loss in Miami.
May 26: The Heat were the more aggressive team in their 102-90 victory Monday night in Miami. Chris Bosh had his best playoff game against the Pacers, scoring the opening eight points and finishing with 25. Miami, who captured its 10th straight home playoff win, finished off Indiana in the third period where they were plus-11, shot 57 percent and were a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line.
Paul George finished with 23 points and Luis Scola added 12 off the bench. David West contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James ended the night with 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Dwyane Wade chipped in 15. The Pacers were outscored at the free throw line by 19 and the Heat punished them for their turnovers, converting 14 of them into 20 points.
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NOTE: FOX Sports Indiana will air a postgame show immediately following the conclusion of Game 5, 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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