Just as most of you are, I am excited about this series and confident the Pacers can move on if they play some great ball. I wanted to talk about matching up with the Heat both on the offensive and defensive end.
First, if the Heat start Haslem (I believe they will), we need to switch Hibbert and West on defense. Bosh can step out as far as the 3pt line when he's on, and if we don't want him freely shooting, Hibbert will have to leave the lane. Miami would love this and the lane will be much more open, basically using Bosh as a decoy to open things up. While Haslem can still step out and hit jumpers from 10+ ft, he cannot make the D step out like Bosh can. I think it would be great to have West cover Bosh and Roy on Patches...I mean Haslem for a couple of reasons. West has already made himself comfortable far away from the rim having to guard Shump, Pablo, and others last series. He has more foot speed than Roy which helps since Bosh is quicker on his feet than Roy as well. While Roy will step have to step out a bit more than he did guarding Tyson Illegal-screen Chandler, guarding Haslem will still allow him to float around the paint like we need him to be. The trouble will be when Battier comes into the game and Roy will have take his chances against Boshasourus.
Another matchup I've been thinking about is with Lance and PG on the offensive end. If you remember game 1&2 at BLF this season, Lance had a blast tearing up the slower Wade and PG had a couple solid games, outplaying Lebron. However, game 3 in South Beach I noticed they started off with LBJ on Lance and Wade on George. Miami realized Lance was having his way with Wade, and James shut him down that day. While, PG should be beating an undersized Wade, I've noticed Paul sometimes has trouble taking advantage of favorable matchups at this point in his career. PG did not take advantage of the undersized Wade and the Pacers struggled on offense. Personally, I want us to go inside and ram it down their throats with Roy and DWest but obviously we will need solid performances from PG and Lance. I believe Miami will go with that same matchup until Paul asserts himself against old Dwayne.
Do you guys see these things the same way? And what other matchups do you think we need to exploit or even concern you?