Here's the game one thread.
Most people don't think the Pacers stand a chance. We're about to find out.
I like the way the Pacers have started this game. Roy Hibbert 6 points and 4 boards. He needs to dominate this series.
If Indiana gets easy baskets off of assists and Roy Hibbert averages over 16 PPG, this series could be a long one. If they don't, it'll be quick and painless.
Is disgusting. Zero sense of urgency, I'm rooting for the Pacers on this one.
Really loving how the Pacers have opened this game at both ends of the floor.
The Heat need to realize this isn't the NY Knicks. IF they allow the Pacers to steal game one and give this team confidence, it's going to be a tough tough series.
And Bosh goes down, hopefully it's nothing too serious. It would be very difficult for the Heat to win without him.
Yeaaaaahhhhhhh! Les go! Yeaaah! Hibbert and West combining for 22 and 12 and Bosh is out? Uh-oh!!!
If there was a game for the Pacers to steal, it's this one, this is a different team than we saw against the Magic, this is the team we at the end of the regular season, the recipe for an underdog team to beat a really good team is to steal one on the road, gut one out at home, or simply get the series tied at 2 a piece. Now you go into their building and go for the decisive blow, and try to steal game 5, and then finish it of in front of your home crowd. If you lose game 5, you have to win game 6 on your home court, and anything can happen.
After seeing the way the Pacers are playing, it's completely feasible that they can pull it off, but they have to keep it up, no letdowns, pound it inside to West, Hansbrough and Hibbert and let them carry you to victory, but the Heat aren't gonna shoot 36% again, they have to have good defensive rotations and hold off any sort of run the Heat try to come up with, don't let the lead linger around 3-6, try to get it to 8-10, let your bigs score inside, and try to get Granger going with a couple of stager screens that lead to open midrange jumpshots, the Heat should be glad that it's only 6, but I love the ball movement by the Pacers today, I hope they keep it up, but I would be laughing if the League got a Indiana-San Antonio, or Indiana-OKC matchup, those are great basketball series that I would love to watch, but the ratings would be low as hell.
I'm sure the world would love a San Antonio vs Indiana Finals -_-
My buddy is a lebron fan and I just bet him a little money on the pacers winning the series. I'll probably lose but I think this should be a close series. The pacers have a lot of weapons
Paul George can elevate!
Danny Granger having an awful game...
He needs to step up.
Indiana is gonna be kicking themselves if they lose this game. Miami hasn't done anything special, the pacers have it right on their fingertips if they finish strong. Giving up too many easy baskets on drives.
Pacers get tight in the 4th quarters.
They don't have a real closer. Danny Granger plays that role, but he's not looking too good today.
lebron just did it again acting like west fore armed so hard what a fn puzzy
Ugh at these refs... Looks like Frank Vogul was right about what he said.
James seals it.
Bigger issue is Chris Bosh... Those ab strains don't heal easy. He's going to be out for awhile. I wouldn't be surprised if he missed a few games because of this.
That Bosh injury could end up being a season changer.
But Indiana needs a star in the biggest way. I'm surprised Derow Williams isn't considering them, but at the same time I'm not seeing how many of these stars only want to go to big market teams.
And honest. After what I've seen, Miami didn't show a sense of urgency until Bosh went down. I think the issue of depth is slightly overblown. And I don't think the series will be close as everyone thinks. Maybe the games, but I truthfully believe Miami will win in 5 games. I mean I just don't see it. Bosh was gone, no post presence and still some how Indianna struggle to score at times. Indianna beats teams solely off of balance in terms of a bench, team defense, and collective scoring. Basically what I'm saying is, Miami's star power will probably push Indianna to their limits, not the other way around.
Granger and George went a combined 2-15... And the Pacers still had a chance to win.
That won't happen every game. Not saying they'll win their matchups with LeBron and Wade, but they will not be this bad every game.
And if Bosh misses the series, that's huge... Series will definitely go more than five games.
Had to go to work so I didn't catch the 4th but what it seems like is Miami rose the intensity, locked-in defensively, and the Pacers didn't have a true closer. It's going to be interesting how the Heat defend Paul George and Danny Granger if/when they get on track. Big storyline is Bosh, they can't win if he misses multiple games. Sure, LeBron and Wade can win games but Bosh is their only player getting consistent minutes that is over 6'10, legitly.
Overall, this is a huge confidence booster for Indiana. The fact that they believe they can hang with the Heat and even beat them is going to be huge for them mentally down the stretch. An another note, if Miami plays the entire game how they played in the 3rd (and presumably the 4th, since I didn't watch it), nobody can beat them.
This'll get me negged, but Pacers + Nash > Heat. With Nash this team would be title contenders.
The Pacers are definitely one piece away. I don't see it as Nash at this point, but they need a legit closer. They still have a decent chance at making this series interesting though.
Too bad Deron Williams wouldn't consider playing in Indianapolis. That's the guy the Pacers need.