This Pacers team is normally at its best when it is down and counted out (by some) and they will need to be close to their best to beat this Heat team which presents some challenging matchup problems.
To resolve some of those issues the Pacers have to at least be much better than they were in Game 1. Aside from Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. Warren’s scoring there is room for improvement across the board. Play better and they should fare much better.
The Pacers hope to have Victor Oladipo back after he missed most of Game 1 thanks to an inadvertent eye poke by Jae Crowder. As for Crowder, he is dealing with a balky ankle and is questionable. His presence really helps the Heat matchup well against the Pacers defensively, so his availability will be a key factor just like Vic’s.
Where: The Field House, Orlando, FL
When: 1:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana/ESPN
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Aaron Holiday, Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren, Myles Turner
Heat: Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo
IND: Victor Oladipo (eye) - questionable, Domantas SabonisJ (foot) - out, Jeremy Lamb (knee) -out
MIA: Jae Crowder (ankle) - questionable, KZ Okpala (personal reasons) - out, Gabe Vincent (shoulder) - out
Enemy view: Hot Hot Hoops
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