The Miami Heat will be hoisting a trophy tonight if the Indiana Pacers don’t find a way to solve LeBron James and company tonight in Game 6 of their 2013 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals series. With a victory tonight, the Heat will advance and square off against the well-rested San Antonio Spurs for the NBA Championship. A Pacers win will force a decisive Game 7 back in Miami on Monday night with the loser of that game hitting the golf links earlier than wanted.
For the past two years, the Heat have found themselves only one win away from the NBA Finals. Both times they won the fourth game, and will attempt to make it three-for-three tonight. In order to accomplish the feat, they will have to play without Chris Anderson whom has been suspended for tonight’s game after an altercation in Game 5. His absence could fuel the Pacers to more easily control the paint.
When push came to shove in Game 5, it was LeBron James who put the Heat on this shoulders and carried them into this position of leading the series 3-2. Dwayne Wade continues to battle injuries and has not been himself the entire series. Chris Bosh has been dominated on the glass by Roy Hibbert. James is clearly the key to the Heat advancing.
Though history favors the Heat tonight, every victory of this series thus far has alternated between teams. By that logic the Pacers are due to win tonight, especially playing back in front of their home crowd. They have already proven they can play at the Heat’s level. The question is whether they can slow down LeBron enough and not let him jump start the Heat to an early lead.
Roy Hibbert, Paul George and David West all did their job inside the paint to generate offense for the Pacers in Game 5. Guards George Hill and Lance Stephenson were a combined 2-11 from the field for 5 points. The Pacers simply will not win with those two failing to score after chasing LeBron around the court all game. Stephenson especially needs to get off to a strong start and score in double digits.
Tonight’s Game 6 and potential final NBA 2013 Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals match between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers tips off at 8:30/7:30c in high definition (HD) exclusively on TNT. Those of you that have a cable or satellite subscription with TNT inclusive to the package have the option of watching a free online live streaming version of Game 6 in Indiana here at TNT Overtime via a mobile phone, iPad, laptop or other Internet connected device. I predicted LeBron James would go crazy and lead the Heat to a win in Game 5 and am getting a similar vibe about tonight’s game. LeBron doesn’t want to face elimination on Monday so I expect him to power the Heat to a 95-84 win on the road.