Last season the Indiana Pacers outplayed the Miami Heat for two and a half games which wasn't nearly enough to get by the eventual champs. The two teams tip of a new series tonight in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Pacers need to put together four strong performances to stun the NBA world and beat the champs.
Both teams have had more than enough time off to make sure they are physically ready to begin the grind of their third playoff series. If Dwyane Wade's knee is a problem, it won't be in Game 1. The Pacers need to find a way to win one of the first two games in Miami as they did last year.
Easier said than done, but at a minimum the Pacers have to maintain their defensive disposition (and hope the refs have read up on the rule of verticality). They also have to limit the turnovers which will in turn help slow down the Heat transitions freight train that can quickly overwhelm any opponent. Then get Roy Hibbert and David West going around the hoop and the Pacers will be playing their game not Miami's.
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