While prepping for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday, make sure you check out Zach Lowe's preview of the Pacers matchup with the Heat. Z-Lowe goes through a series of questions facing the Pacers, all of which the Ble and Gold could answer 'yes' to and be in position to win the series. Of course, as we know all too well, the 'yes' answer to any questions are far from a given.
Dismiss the Pacers at your peril. They have been a bumbling mediocrity for three months now, but they've had the league's stingiest defense during the postseason, and they bring a long record of giving Miami issues when Roy Hibbert is in All-Star form. Hibbert rediscovered his post-up touch over the last five games of Indy's borderline unwatchable series against Washington, and his rim protection obliterated drives by John Wall and Bradley Beal.
That is the start of explaining how a team that can look so awful, with horrid spacing and amateurish turnovers, can push a team riding the world's best player toward a three-peat.
Lowe ends up picking the Heat in six games, but it is well worth your time to read how he comes to that conclusion.