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The Pacers have to improve on their Game 1 performance to try to bring home a win from Miami.

Mike Ehrmann

Happy Carb Day! Those heading out to IMS today should have plenty of time to continue the party this evening while finding a spot to watch the Pacers and Heat square off in Game 2.

The Pacers fell one play short in Game 1 with "The Layup" delivering a stunning loss. Time to officially move on today and put the pedal to the metal for another 48 minute battle. Consider in Game 1, the Pacers biggest lead was seven points while the Heat's largest advantage was five points. The game was tight and intense throughout, a serious pleasure to watch, final result notwithstanding.

What makes the NBA playoffs so difficult is trying to maintain that physical and mental intensity throughout a series. That will be the challenge for the Pacers tonight, especially for their younger players soaking in the spotlight of the Eastern Conference Finals. They have to step up to a higher level of play than they showed on Wednesday since LeBron and friends will be ready.

Check out the links:


Pacers playoffs: 4 things the Indiana needs to do to even their Eastern Conference finals series with the Heat | Indianapolis Star |

Bob Kravitz: It's not fair everybody now knows Frank Vogel's name for the wrong reasons ... but it's also deserved | Indianapolis Star |

Roy Hibbert is in LeBron James' head - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

Pacers have no more margin for error in Miami - 1070 The Fan

CourtVision: Roy Hibbert, the Protector - The Triangle Blog - Grantland

Pacers Playoff Central: Roy Hibbert calls out Shane Battier for dirty play | Indianapolis Star |

Roy Hibbert of Indiana Pacers calls Shane Battier of Miami Heat dirty - ESPN

James, Bryant voted to All-NBA first team - AP

Heat’s D Exposes Granger’s Absence " | Hang Time Blog

2013 Playoffs: Pacers-Heat Game 2 viewer's guide - Indy Sports Legends

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel expect more in NBA Eastern Conference finals. - South Florida

Miami Heat’s Ray Allen going back to work - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.comMiami Heat’s Ray Allen going back to work - Miami Heat -

Roy Hibbert Says Shane Battier Kneed Him In The Dick On Purpose - Deadspin

The Pacers Did Everything Wrong On LeBron's Buzzer-Beater - Deadspin

Heat-Pacers Game 2 Preview: Keep calm and don't lose the ball

A few thoughts about Roy Hibbert - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

NBA Playoffs 2013: 5 things that ruled about Heat-Pacers Game 1 -

LeBron James, Kevin Durant headline All-NBA First Team | The Point Forward -