|2012-13 NBA Playoffs|
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|May 24, 2013 - 8:30 p.m. ET|
|AmericanAirlines Arena - Miami, FL|
|TV: TNT ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan|
|George Hill||PG||Mario Chalmers|
|Lance Stephenson||SG||Dwyane Wade|
|Paul George||SF||LeBron James|
|David West||PF||Udonis Haslem|
|Roy Hibbert||C||Chris Bosh|
The Indiana Pacers head to tip time in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals with plenty of room for improvement after losing to the Miami Heat in Game 1. Of course, the Heat have similar thoughts but since we care more about the Pacers here are a few areas the Pacers need to improve:
- The Pacers had 20 turnovers which was actually one less than the Heat but entirely too many for the Pacers to absorb going forward. Even worse, 19 of those 20 gifts were donated by the starting unit, 10 by Paul George and David West alone. Appreciate the possession.
- The Pacers won the rebound battle 43-38 but that's not enough of an advantage. The Pacers have to control the glass much better and limit the Heat on the offensive glass where Miami grabbed 16 extra chances.
- George Hill and Lance Stephenson combined to make just four of 19 shot and miss all seven of their three-point attempts. These guys are Indiana's X-factor players and they were outplayed by Miami's backcourt. Stephenson seems particularly too amped up at times and had some wild shot attempts. Good, open shots but just wild misses. He's done a good job of bouncing back and getting comfortable as he finds himself in these situations with escalating importance. He'll have to grow up quick.
- The Pacers have to win the hustle plays. No play illustrated how the Heat were a step quicker to the ball than when Roy Hibbert blocked Dwyane Wade's shot only to have Norris Cole beat Paul George and David West to the ball and then turn it into a quick LeBron three-ball. Killer.
- The Pacers bench was "only" outscored 25-18 in Game 1, but Chris Andersen had 16 of those bench points for Miami. Again, a lot of that goes back to the hustle plays but a guy who averages five points per game can't get loose like that, again.
- Oh, and "Old School" David West had a monster first half and strong overall offensive effort for the Pacers. That's something that can't change.
So what other improvements are you hoping to see from the Pacers?
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