Heat vs. Pacers Links: Pacers have to get right in Game 5 or they will stay home for good

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Down to their last chance, the Pacers need to focus on those things they can control, most importantly the ball in their hands, to attack the Heat and win Game 5 at home.

Foul trouble and turnovers, maybe not necessarily in that order, created more than enough problems for the Pacers in Game 4 to send them home down 3-1 to the Heat.

Paul George complained enough about the officiating to earn a fine from the NBA, but PG was also a main culprit in the turnover problems plaguing the Pacers. A look at the team-high five turnovers by PG reveals three wasted possessions after George attempted a one-handed, push pass off the dribble that was easily identified and deflected by the defense. The ball never came close to PG's intended target.

The other two donations came on attempts to hit covered big men, rolling through the lane. The needle was not thread.

Turnovers are going to happen in the course of a game and without a doubt against the pressure applied by the Heat when LeBron James begins roaming and they start trapping. That makes the turnovers like those by George, when he wasn't pressured into making passes, but instead didn't focus on making a good pass, a major problem.

The margin for error against the Heat is slim at best, and if the Pacers want to win Game 5 and try to gather some positive momentum, they have to minimize the self-inflicted problems.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers vs Heat, Game 5 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Kravitz: Pacers doing all the talking, little of the winning

Fans will expect changes if Pacers flame out to Heat | 2014-05-28 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com

2014 NBA Playoffs -- Coach Frank Vogel says Indiana Pacers' confidence has been shaken - ESPN

Indiana Pacers – Enjoy tonight’s Game Five, regardless of the outcome | KentSterling.com

Heat look to close out Pacers, reach NBA Finals - Hot Hot Hoops

Paul George, Pacers need to halt lame excuses vs. Heat

You can’t flip the switch if you don’t know how - Hot Hot Hoops

Miami Heat eager to close out Indiana Pacers in Game 5 - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant anchor Thunder in Game 4 win over Spurs - NBA - Ben Golliver - SI.com

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