May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (left) reacts on the bench with A.J. Price (right) agains the Miami Heat in the third quarter during game 5 of the 2012 NBA eastern conference semi-finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Miami has had a firm grasp on this series since late in the second quarter of Game 4, finding a way to muck up the Pacers offense to the point where they simply weren't able to execute in Game 5. Making matters worse for the Pacers is the ankle injury for leading scorer, Danny Granger. It sounds like Granger will be on the court tonight but won't be able to go full throttle.
That's a problem, since all of the Pacers have to go full throttle tonight (and making an open shot or two wouldn't hurt either). No doubt the short-handed Heat will try to impose their will early, but there aren't any secrets between these teams any more. If the Pacers can win the rebounding battle and minimize Miami's transition damage, then they will be in position to win. Do that and add a heavy dose of post presence from Roy Hibbert and David West and the Pacers will indeed be headed back to South Beach for Game 7.
Time to get loud.
Check out the links after the jump.
- Caught in the Web: Season on the Line in Game 6 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Haslem suspended for Game 6; Pittman gets 3 games | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- NBA Head Coaching Rumors Find Pacers Coach Brian Shaw | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Pacers-Heat Game 6: Players don't dispute Larry Bird's words | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers-Heat: Time to toughen up as elimination looms | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Bob Kravitz: Pacers will respond to Larry Bird's call to arms | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers Owe One To Bird, To Selves " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog
- Miami Heat series with Indiana Pacers one step from getting ugly - Linda Robertson - MiamiHerald.com
- NBA suspends Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem one game, Dexter Pittman three - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
- Miami Heat: NBA is right to suspend Udonis Haslem, Dexter Pittman - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
- For Brian Shaw, Heat-Pacers brings flood of emotions - fox59.com
- Pacers try to toughen up, get healthy for Game 6 - fox59.com
- Dexter Pittman abides by Pat Riley's Heat code by cracking Lance Stephenson - Yahoo! Sports
- Brennan: NBA's David Stern gets Heat punishment half-right – USATODAY.com
- Pacers reach critical time to showcase character | 2012-05-23 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com
- NBA suspends Miami Heat's Dexter Pittman three games, Udonis Haslem one game - Peninsula is Mightier
- Heat finally find someone to hate, but take it too far - CBSSports.com
- 76ers beat Celtics, force Game 7 – USATODAY.com