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Can Heat adjust to a Bosh-less world? Game 3 will tell.

May 17, 2012, 1:29 PM EST

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In Game 2, Miami tried to do what they normally do, and it didn’t work. LeBron James and Dwyane Wayne found limited driving lanes because Chris Bosh was not there to pull a big man away from the basket with the threat of his outside shot. On the pick-and-roll both defenders could focus on Wade or any other ball handler because Joel Anthony doesn’t post much of a threat.

Game 3 Thursday will be about adjustments. For both teams.

For the Pacers, the adjustment will be mental not technical — Miami is going to come out with a lot more energy and urgency, Indiana has to match that. If you’re a Pacer fan that just said, “of course we will, we’re at home,” I point you to the Celtics thrashing of the 76ers in Game 3 as example number one. Veteran teams have more gears and know how to reach them, you’re going to get an energized and desperate Heat team, and the Pacers have to match that.

The leadership to step up has to come from Danny Granger and David West.

For Miami, they could use three key things on the court.

First, more transition points. The Heat didn’t run as much as they need to in Game 2, and when they did they shot just 2-9. Not good enough. The Heat need to get Wade and LeBron the ball in transition and let them attack. The Heat need some easy transition points because in the half court it’s harder to come by.

Second, in that half court they need to establish LeBron in the post. That is one area they missed Bosh that LeBron can replace. At the start of the season the Heat went to LeBron in the post a lot but got away from it as the season wore on. They need to return to it, they need the post presence. Yes, with 7’2” Roy Hibbert lurking it’s not that easy, but LeBron can pass out of doubles. The Heat need the spacing.

Finally, the Heat just need somebody to knock down threes not named Wade or LeBron.

Credit the Pacers here — taking away the role players and the threes has been part of the plan since the start, as pointed out at eightpointsnineseconds.com. Miami’s role players shot 26 percent in Game 2 and if that trend continues he Pacers may be celebrating a lot at home the next couple of days.

  1. emaimo80 - May 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Besides coach Spolstra, Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers need to step it up.

    • southbeachtalent - May 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Yea Spo has to find his stroke…

      Miller, Battier, Haslem, Chalmers all need to step up. That’s no secret.

      • heat256 - May 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        Yep. I can’t imagine them shooting as bad as they have. If they come close to their averages, they are up 2-0. Don’t understand why everyone freaks out like the world is ending if they don’t win every game by 20. It’s an insult to the teams they face, who are good enough to be in the playoffs.

  2. officialdjhits - May 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Wish the heat all the best, that being said, props to the pacers for not being pushovers and coming back from 1 down.

    i still reckon the heat will have too much over the series for the pacers even without bosh, just got that feeling, but hopefully both teams will fight tooth & nail.

  3. pacersrule27 - May 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    what does”post much of a threat” mean?? pose much of a threat would sound better. anyway, this proves that a true TEAM can beat any so called superstars. Go Pacers!!!

  4. hoosiercolts - May 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Pacers take these next two at home, lose game 5 in Miami, and then wrap it up at home in game 6.

    • comeonnowguys - May 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      That’s so sweet. And wrong.

  5. gotampabay52 - May 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    We make our free throws we wouldn’t be having this talk. Bench has to step it Jones Miller have to hit the three’s. Am worried about not getting it done this yr sucks we only have one big man.

    • comeonnowguys - May 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Which member of the team are you again?

      • BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - May 17, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        He backs up southbeachtalent. Signing fans to the team was the only way Miami could get fans to show up to the games.

    • juanlobo15 - May 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Yeah and if the Pacers don’t miss their free throws and don’t go 0 for 10 at the end of game 1 Pacers are up 2-0

  6. gmsingh - May 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    The Heat will have to fall back on their secret weapon: multiple flagrant fouls that the officials will miraculously be very lenient on.

  7. berbes - May 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    it’s a shame most of the heat fans can’t post here, due to limited internet access in prison :(.

  8. ralfdrums - May 17, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    The Pacers haven’t taken anything away from the other players, they’ve flat out missed wide open 3s.. I don’t get this, how can you feel good about yourself as a professional player when you contribute NOTHING to the betterment of your team. Early in the 2nd qtr of game 2 the Heat went on a surge and you could tell the Pacers were about to break, 3 wide 3 wide open 3s while the Heat went up 9 were missed by James Jones and Chalmers, at the time I said to myself “they’re going to lose this game” because it was before the half and had they gone up 18 that game would’ve been a blowout. If they’re content with sitting on the bench and exult in celebration when Lebron or wade make a shot, there’s no chance the Heat win this series or any other series for that matter.

  9. lakerluver - May 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    The Heat are done. LBJ is worn down and D. Wade is just struggling. Both of those dudes have to totally dominate for them to win. Miami’s not a good road team and the Indy fans are gonna be brutal. Miami’s going back home down 3-1.

  10. zacksdad - May 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    What ever happened to D Wade and his Flagrant foul, just ignored by David Stern. I guess you have to hurt someone to get suspended.

  11. lakerluver - May 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Dan Gilbert looks prophetic. Maybe LBJ wont ever win a title The “Heatles” are probably going back to that cesspool of a city called Miami down 3-1. If the “Heatles” don’t win a title this season, when will they? Next season? I don’t see it, not with OKC only getting better. It’s looking more likely that one of the (so called) Big 3 will have to be traded. The way Wade has played I’d say he’s the one to go.

    • reupjosh - May 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Totally agree… Its a hard sell, but one of the “3 Kings (LOLz)” has to go… and you know it’s not going to be LeBron for obvious reasons. The easy route would be to trade Bosh, but I think the smart move would be Wade, as he James aren’t as compatible as Bosh and James, plus you could get more in return for Wade. On the other hand, getting rid of Wade would be a PR nightmare for the Heat. Either way, I LOVE watching this team collapse, and all their bandwagon fans jump ship.

  12. kvanhorn87 - May 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Game ended an hour ago and no story yet? You clowns have your head so far up Lebrons a$$, you can’t make it out to
    write a story about Heat being down 2-1 now. Go Pacers!

  13. abchome - May 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Good job, Indiana!

  14. hoosiercolts - May 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Gold Swagger!!! As I said above…. Pacers in 6.

  15. nyasdad14 - May 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Pacers in a gentleman’s sweep. Miami is done.

  16. hickoryhigh - May 18, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    They can’t establish LeBron in the post against Indiana. No matter how great of a basketball player you may think he is, the fact is that he is not a very well rounded offensive player. He is good at driving to the basket, where his size and speed overpower the guy guarding him, but those two things are neutralized in the post. He’s not bigger or stronger than David West. He is faster and more athletic, but those things don’t help him in the post. And he doesn’t have the skill set to score on guys that are the same size as him, when he doesn’t get a running start. And passing from the post is much different than passing while driving to the basket. Miami’s only hope here is to get more transition points; putting LeBron in the post will only expose him and give the advantage to that big Indiana lineup.

    • Kurt Helin - May 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      LeBron was effective in the post earlier in the season, however you’re right the Pacers are a tougher matchup that way. The problem for Miami is what other options do they have?

      • hickoryhigh - May 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Kurt, you’re right, they don’t have many options right now without Bosh to keep Indy honest. They have to go crazy on the defensive end to try and get steals and push the ball in transition. Anything they can do to speed up the pace of the game and get both teams out of half court sets.

        Otherwise, they go the exact opposite and go super small with nothing but shooters on the floor and hope they start hitting jumpers and can get long rebounds on the ones they miss. But then they have to rely on the defense of guys like Chalmers and Miller, which is not promising.

        Bird did a good job of building a team of long athletic guys. It seems like everyone on that Pacers team is 6’8″ and athletic. And right now, that seems like the antidote to Miami.

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