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Pacers vs. Heat, Game 3: Game thread, lineups, TV info and more

The Pacers try to bounce back from a disappointing Game 2 finish in which they relinquished home court advantage for the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers have to return the favor to the Heat and grab a road win before heading back to Indy.

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2013-14 NBA Playoffs


May 24, 2014 - 8:30 p.m. ET
AmericanAirlines Arena - Miami, FL
TV: ESPN ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan
Probable Starters
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

After three full days off the Pacers and Heat resume their high-stakes series in Miami and no one knows what to expect...on either side.

LeBron James making a monster impact is a pretty good bet, but will the Heat continue to hide him on defense? Will Paul George be ready to go and force the Heat to slow him down? Yeah, those are the big ticket items.

It does appear that Miami is content letting Lance Stephenson do his thing, apparently hoping he will lose his way when things get tight at winning time. Norris Cole did a good job of keeping Stephenson out of the lane in Game 2, but the Pacers should be able to counter that matchup going forward by taking advantage of Stephenson's size.

Dwyane Wade has been the difference maker for the Heat in the first two games, with a fantastic array of mid-range shots and floaters.

The Pacers could really use a boost from their bench since the starting unit has been quite successful when on the floor. The various reserve rotations? Not so much. It is not so much a matter of building on what the starters do as it is holding the fort and not giving it away. Regardless of the lineup on the floor though, combining a desperate effort with execution should have the Pacers in position to win the game.

Then they just have to make some plays.

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