The Eastern Conference Finals schedule doesn't leave much time ponder opportunities lost which is probably a good thing for the Pacers.
The Indiana Pacers surely like the Eastern Conference Finals schedule with one off day between games. After playing well in spurts and not so well throughout Game 1, the Pacers were in position to win in overtime after a miracle three from Paul George.
An equally miraculous three-point foul with 2.2 seconds allowed Paul George to show some serious stones by making all three freebies and putting the Pacers in the lead by one point. Unfortunately, PG was distracted by a shiny Ray Allen on the final play of the game. When he recovered too aggressively LeBron James trotted in for the game winner.
I really would've liked to have seen what would've happened with Roy Hibbert on the floor. My guess, the best-case scenario would've been a foul and two shots for either LeBron or Chris Bosh. Either would've been better than a layup. After the foul for PG at the other end, the whistles were ready for LBJ. But he didn't need it.
So many problems and errors along the way that it is hard to leave it all on PG and that final play, but still that was the game. But James is a tough cover with 2.2 seconds to go and interestingly, according to Prediction Machine's ScoreCast, with 2 seconds remaining in OT and down 1, the Heat were 50.3% more likely to win than lose. The percentages fell in their favor. Ugh.
The Pacers should be plenty confident heading into Game 2. But they need to turn that confidence into execution on the court if they want to take a win home to Indiana.
Check out the links:
Pacers at Heat - Game 1 - Box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 102, Heat 103, Game 1 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Five takeaways from the Pacers’ Game 1 loss in Miami | Pacers Blogs
Bob Kravitz: Pacers will rue the day they let this one get away | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Coach Frank Vogel's decisions cost Pacers in 103-102 overtime loss to the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Mistakes by Vogel, players cost Pacers golden opportunity - 1070 The Fan
Pacers Playoff Central: Coach Frank Vogel will play zone in Game 1 situation next year | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers playoffs: Paul George admits 'I slipped up at the end' | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Roy Hibbert probably wouldn't have stopped LeBron James' amazing Heat buzzer beater - SBNation.com
In Defense of Frank Vogel | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
LeBron clutch as Heat take 1-0 series lead over Pacers in ECF - Hot Hot Hoops
Pacers: Ouch. Double ouch in Game 1 | Pacers Insider
Miami’s Second-to-Last Possession and Defending the Guard/Guard Pick and Roll | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
Winderman: LeBron Wins Game 1 at Buzzer
Dan Le Batard: LeBron James takes the chaos of victory with an inner calm - Dan Le Batard - MiamiHerald.com
After LeBron James' last-second layup beats Pacers, Roy Hibbert vows not to sit quietly again - Yahoo! Sports
James, Bryant voted to All-NBA first team - AP