The Eastern Conference finals is now a one game series as the Pacers and Heat return to Miami with the NBA Finals on the line.
Plenty of storylines emerging from Game 6 at the Fieldhouse on Saturday night, with one of the more entertaining, if not ruggedly played, playoff games any Pacers fan will ever see. The snapshot moments are great and telling all at the same time.
But the only thing that matters is that the Indiana Pacers will play the Miami Heat in Game 7 on Monday for the Eastern Conference title and a trip to the Finals. I guess the Pacers CAN compete for a championship, you know, since they are right now, ready or not.
A few takeaways from the Fieldhouse:
- David West looked awful, felt awful, sounded awful and in the first half played awful. We knew he was sick but didn't know how much. Then he rises above the 103 degree temperature he had with him on the court to make big shots in the second half to help the Pacers seal the win. My man, Pablo Svirsky summed it up well on Twitter.
- The Pacers defense was allowed to impose their physical style and they beat down the Heat on several impressive possessions, making nothing easy, especially around the rim. Does it get any better than LeBron racing to the other end of the court after not getting a call against Roy Hibbert.
- Paul George hit a monster three-pointer with about five minutes left after Mike Miller sparked a Heat run that trimmed the lead to four points. The ball bounces and fuels a transition opportunity the game could quickly turn into a one possession game. He makes it, which he did, Fieldhouse explodes and lead back to seven. Huge.
- Roy Hibbert's post-game comments which included an senseless "no homo" line and then later an "MFers" will keep him under media scrutiny up until tip time in Miami. He and Paul George were pretty mellow in their post-game comments and then Hibbert released some pent up excitement in a failed attempt at comedy. Now he will pay, in more ways than one.
Once again, before hitting the links, we'll let Indy Star photog Matt Kryger sum up Game 6 in one picture.
Check out the links:
Heat at Pacers - Game 6 - Box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 91, Heat 77, Game 6 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Go West, Young Team | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Going to Miami: Pacers force Game 7 with 91-77 victory over Heat | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Bob Kravitz: Seventh heaven awaits for Pacers Monday night in Miami | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers-Heat Game 6 LIVE blog - 1070 The Fan
Pacers: Hibbert takes his comments too far | Pacers Insider
103-degree fever? No matter for David West in Game 6 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers guards Hill, Stephenson rebound from poor Game 5 efforts to excel Saturday | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
David West played Game 6 with 103-degree fever - Yahoo! Sports
LeBron James needs help from rest of 'Big Three' for Heat to advance to NBA Finals - Yahoo! Sports
2013 NBA playoffs: Roy Hibbert making Heat change their ways - ESPN
Pacers beat Heat 91-77 to force Game 7 - Hot Hot Hoops
Pacers Beat Heat in Game 6 | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
INDIANAPOLIS: Pacers dominate Heat, force Game 7 to decide Eastern Conference Finals - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
INDIANAPOLIS: Greg Cote: Heat must rise above latest challenge in Game 7 or face calamity - Greg Cote - MiamiHerald.com'INDIANAPOLIS: Linda Robertson: Underdog Pacers giving the Heat a true test - Linda Robertson - MiamiHerald.com
Miami Heat: Loss in Game 6 against Pacers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Miami Heat: Loss in Game 6 against Pacers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.comMiami Heat, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James take on Indiana Pacers. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Ethan Skolnick: Miami Heat face Game 7 as Dwyane Wade and... | www.mypalmbeachpost.com
Offensive foul and technical foul cap frustration for Miami... | www.palmbeachpost.com
Roy Hibbert swears, makes homophobic comment during press conference - SBNation.com
Indiana rides its stifling defense to a Game 6 win, taking the Miami Heat to Game 7 | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
Hibbert's language could draw NBA punishment - AP
Pacers pull role-reversal in 3rd quarter - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade's struggles cause Heat to lose 91-77 to Pacers - NBA - Ian Thomsen - SI.com
Pacers’ Roy Hibbert uses homophobic slang term in post-game press conference | The Point Forward - SI.com
Reggie Miller: Heat are ‘Miami Cavaliers’ with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh struggling | The Point Forward - SI.com
Pacers even up series with 91-77 win over Heat - AP
Paul George sneaks a huge dunk on Chris Bosh - SBNation.com
LeBron James flops on Paul George - SBNation.com
You might say LeBron James and Pat Riley were displeased with this call - SBNation.com
VIDEO: LeBron James hit with a fourth-quarter tech - CBSSports.com
Pacers frustrate LeBron James, Heat to force Game 7 - USA TODAY
David West plays through illness with contagious heart - CBS Sports
Paul George dunks on Chris Bosh in Heat-Pacers Game 6 (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
NBA star Grant Hill announces his retirement - USA TODAY
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