The Pacers failed to seize on their chances to beat the Miami Heat in regulation on Monday night missing out on two prime opportunities in the final ten seconds that only produced one made free throw. That one point just sent the Pacers limping into overtime where they faded away.
Interestingly, both plays at the end of regulation centered around rookie Myles Turner. This after back-to-back buckets by the rook put the Pacers up by three with a minute to play.
But with the Pacers up one, they actually ran a nice play to free up a quality shot as opposed to a freelance fade away. While it looked like the play was setting up as a series of screens to free Paul George on the right wing, PG instead set a back pick to free Turner under the hoop. Turner's jump hook took a look inside the hoop but then exited the cylinder in frustrating fashion.
Dwyane Wade cashed in two free throws for Miami to set up the final play in regulation. Again, a perfect side out of bounds play saw Turner burst free to the rim. Wide open. Inbounds passer, Monta Ellis missed Turner which eventually led to a wild shot and foul. Ellis missed the chance to win the game at the line and the opportunity to bring home another W was gone.
Watching those final possessions on film will be painful for those involved. Just as it was for us to watch at home.
Check out the links: