The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat have locked horns in what has become the best series thus far in these 2013 NBA Playoffs. With any luck this Eastern Conference Finals will go a full seven games and be decided in the closing minutes, if not the closing seconds. That’s what we’ve come to expect thus far.
In Game 1, Lebron James scored at the buzzer in overtime to give the Heat a one game lead. In Game 2, James committed two costly turnovers late that allowed the Pacers to steal a game on the road and home court advantage the same time. It would be bizarre if James was the center of the game deciding plays once again, but stranger things have happened. Just look at the other Conference Finals series where the old guys are on the verge of sweeping the favorites.
The Heat know they’re in a fair amount of trouble right now. James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade especially realize that allowing the Pacers to win the first game in Indiana will really put the Heat’s backs against the wall. The Heat need to find combinations that are working, and right now, the Pacers have forced Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to consistently juggle his lineups to find something that works.
The Pacers must be tasting blood right now. If not for a James drive and game-winning layup, they are up 2-0 right now with a chance to close out at home. Pacers coach Frank Vogel has his team playing big and confident, and legitimately has the World Champion Heat back on their heels with a balanced attack and strong play on the defensive end.
A peek at the Game 2 box score tells the story of how the Pacers stole a game on the road. Roy Hibbert was crazy inside with 29 points and 10 boards. Paul George stepped up with 22 points, and David West had 13 points and 7 rebounds. George Hill only had three assists but scored 18 points, and Lance Stephenson shook off a weak Game 1 to pour in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The bench only scored 5 points total and the Pacers still won.
What should be a thrilling Game 3 of tonight’s NBA 2013 Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals featuring the Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers tips off at 8:30/7:30c in high definition (HD) only on TNT. Those of you who purchased a cable or satellite service package including TNT have the option of watching a free online live streaming version of Game 3 in Indiana here at TNT Overtime via a mobile phone, iPad, laptop or other Internet connected gadget. The Pacers are rolling and back at home so I will be shocked if they Heat the come into their house and steal back home court advantage. My prediction is for a 92-89 Pacers win and fear to seep into the heart of Heat fans everywhere.