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Eastern Conference Finals schedule is set for Pacers-Heat matchup

May 18, 2013, 11:12 PM EST

Miami Heat James is guarded by Pacers forward George during their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami

WIth the Pacers’ win over the Knicks in Game 6 on Saturday in the books, the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals is now set.

Miami will host Indiana beginning on Wednesday, May 22, and all games will be televised nationally on TNT with a start time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

Game 1 – Wed  May   22  Indiana at Miami                 8:30PM

Game 2 – Fri  May   24  Indiana at Miami                 8:30PM

Game 3 – Sun  May   26  Miami at Indiana                 8:30PM

Game 4 – Tue  May   28  Miami at Indiana                 8:30PM

Game 5 * Thu  May   30  Indiana at Miami                 8:30PM

Game 6 * Sat  June  1   Miami at Indiana                 8:30PM

Game 7 * Mon  June  3   Indiana at Miami                 8:30PM

*If necessary

No matter how long the series goes, the NBA Finals have a firm start date of Thursday, June 6.

  1. erckle31 - May 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Too excited for this series.

    • fanofevilempire - May 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      DON’T WET YOUR PANTS……..
      Miami -4
      Pacers-0

  2. melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    This is going to be a good series. The Pacers will out rebound the Heat. Can they score enough? If the Heat get Allen and/or Battier hot hitting 3’s it wont be but a 5 or 6 game series. If the Heat cant hit 3’s the Pacers could upset them.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      That’s a fair assessment.

      Keys for the Heat:
      On offense – The wings hitting 3’s to space the floor, Bosh hitting jumpers to get Hibbert out of the paint (no rim protection), and LeBron + Wade getting the Pacers’ front-court in foul trouble with aggressive drives to the basket.

      On defense – Fronting the post to deny the ball from getting to Hibbert and West in the low-post, collapsing in the paint whenever a Pacer big has the ball and recovering to the perimeter if Hibbert or West kick the ball out to a shooter, turn the Pacers’ wings into jump-shooters (they’re athletic but not great shooters)

      Keys for the Pacers:
      On offense – Pummeling the Heat on the boards (I’m talking 10+ offensive rebounds per game), getting the Heat’s front-court in foul trouble by posting up West and Hibbert (especially when Battier is at PF) and forcing the Heat to play big to compensate (when they’re at their best playing small)

      On defense – George and Stevenson slowing down LeBron and Wade, Hibbert protecting the rim while being able to recover to cover Bosh (who is a lethal mid-range shooter and will likely set-up shop near the wings to put strain on Hibbert), don’t leave Ray Allen alone when he’s set up to shoot a corner 3

      I’m predicting Heat in 6 – the Heat won last year without Bosh, the Heat have homecourt (and the Pacers struggle *mightily* on the road), and the Pacers’ offense is turnover prone (and the Heat thrive in transition) – but an upset wouldn’t be crazy, particularly if the Heat’s shooters go cold and if Paul George and Lance Stevenson do a decent job on LeBron and Wade.

  3. 1972sxwife - May 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Pacers in 5.

    • melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Someone doesnt like the Heat ;)

    • cantonbound13 - May 19, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      The refs will give the Heat at least one more win. Pacers in 6.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Put down the crack pipe

    • fanofevilempire - May 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      out in 5, maybe

  4. bougin89 - May 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Pacers were a much better team than the Knicks. That is all.

    • cantonbound13 - May 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      I agree.

  5. cantonbound13 - May 18, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Go Hicks!!! Beat the arrogant bandwagoners!!!

    • melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Join the Memphis bandwagon. We have plenty of room. Pretty level headed group.

      • cantonbound13 - May 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        I will always be a Knick fan but for now it’s Pacers & anyone that plays the arrogant Divas.

      • melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Most NBA players are divas anymore unfortunately.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Memphis should do quite well against the Spurs.
        Tim Duncan’s foot-speed has declined to the point where he’s getting benched at the end of games, Manu hasn’t looked like Manu (shot 34% from the field against a not-so-great Warriors’ defense), etc.

        And we saw 2 years ago that the Memphis front-court is probably too much for the Spurs to handle.

    • turnmymicup - May 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Nothing more annoying than ppl calling fans bandwagoners. Ive been a Heat fan before Wade came to town and know PLENTY of others. Lebron signs with the Heat now all of us are bandwagon fans. GTFOH. Dont hate on the fans be mad at your GM for sucking during free agency.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Bravo and well said. I’m a marlins fan for god’s sake and he is calling me a bandwagoner. Love the Florida Panthers too and have the autographs of the first 7 on the team and G.M. Bobby Clarke. Guess I’m a bandwagon Panthers fan too

  6. bifford - May 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I’d love to see Indy with the biggest upset in years over the Heat, but I doubt it’s going to happen.

    • cantonbound13 - May 18, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      If they continue to play great defense, & rebound it should not surprise anyone or be considered an upset. Indiana was the top ranked defense & rebounding team all year. They are for real. Of coarse you have the referee factor, it was in the Heat’s favor in ’06. David Stern is a big Heat fan.

      • melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        That ’06 series was awful. He also hates Mark Cuban. The ref who admitted to fixing games was a part of that series as well I believe.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        “That ’06 series was awful. The ref who admitted to fixing games was a part of that series as well I believe.”

        Incorrect. The referee you’re referring to is Tim Donaghy. He’s most commonly associated with the allegedly tainted Sacramento Kings-LA Lakers series in the early 2000’s but wasn’t assigned to that series.

        The referees in the 2007 NBA Finals were Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush, Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies, Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan, and Bernie Fryer.

        The one in that group that Mavericks fans allege was most biased was Bennett Salvatore.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Typo:
        *but wasn’t assigned to *the Mavericks-Heat Finals* series.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        *Ugh, second typo:

        That’s the list of the referees in the 2006 Finals (not 2007)

      • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        …For some reason, my comment with the referees in the 2006 Finals isn’t appearing here. I’ll post below.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        For some reason, my comment listing of the referees in the Heat-Mavs series won’t show up.

        Tim Donaghy (the tainted referee) didn’t work that series.

        The referee that series that Mavs fans hate the most is Bennett Salvatore. Look it up.

      • cantonbound13 - May 19, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        It wasn’t just Donoghey involved in the scandal. He got heat because he was caught betting on the games. More officials were involved. Stern quickly squashed any form of investigation & just went after Donoghey.

      • melkipershero - May 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        I looked it up. Thanks.

        96 free throw attempts in 6 games for Wade. I knew it was a lot…but DAMN.

      • cantonbound13 - May 19, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        An NBA record. Coincidence?

      • melkipershero - May 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        Donaghy was a part of that 2002 Kings Lakers game 6. Worst officiated game ever.

      • bigmeechy74 - May 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        “it should not surprise anyone or be considered an upset”…. Right. It wouldn’t be an upset to beat the defending champs who happen to have the best basketball player in the world on their team. Where do you people come from?

      • turnmymicup - May 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Heat didn’t have the Refs helping us in ’06. We had the “Flash” factor in our favor. A young Dwayne Wade willing to attack the paint over and over again. Theirs a reason he won Finals MVP that year and it wasn’t the Refs.

  7. Arya - May 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    congrats to the pacers, they are fun to watch and they will be a tough matchup for the heat. I was surprised by the officiating in this game 6, though. The game was very physical all throughout and then the refs called such ticky tacky fouls in the last few minutes. They were technically fouls but the players were getting used to a physical game and then those fouls led to crucial free throws. I think pacers would have won anyway and I’m not a knicks fan, but I would very frustrated if I was.

  8. lakerade - May 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Not sure if the Pacers are 5-on-8 good, but they have the personnel to take it to the Heat, especially if Hibbert and West take over again. Paul George’s ascension will be the icing. Pacers in 6.

  9. andrewproughcfe - May 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    This series will come down to Lebron plus Bosh vs Hibbert plus West in the paint. Given those matchups, I like the Pacers’ chances.

    • melkipershero - May 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      You also hate the Heat (like most). Hibbert is very inconsistent. I love West. Always been underrated.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Last year, the Heat had a front-court rotation of LeBron James, Rony Turiaf, Joel Anthony, and Shane Battier after losing Bosh to injury in game 1, and they beat the Pacers.

      LeBron singlehandedly had a 45 pt – 15 rebound game against the West-Hibbert front-court.

  10. money2long - May 18, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    pacers, heat. okay then. ugh, no knicks. man, too bad. a hurting wade means lebron need to find an extra gear.

  11. hoosiercolts - May 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Game 3 is in Indy…. on Race Day. This is gonna be a drunken mess for our city. I can’t wait!!

    • davidly - May 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      Trade ya four Snake Pit tix for a single courtside at the fieldhouse… no, wait, I don’t have any race tickets either. Never mind. Teevee it is!

  12. eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    MelKiper’s Hero: “That ’06 series was awful. The ref who admitted to fixing games was a part of that series as well I believe.”

    Incorrect. The referee you’re referring to is Tim Donaghy. He’s most commonly associated with the allegedly tainted Sacramento Kings-LA Lakers series in the early 2000′s but wasn’t assigned to the Heat-Mavs Finals.

    The referees in the 2006 NBA Finals were Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush, Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer, Jack Nies, Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan, and Bernie Fryer.

    The one in that group that Mavericks fans allege was most biased was Bennett Salvatore.

  13. tstreet - May 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Darn, every game starts at 8:30PM. I am in Germany and that means I will continue to wake up at 2:00AM to watch the games. I at least thought the Sunday game would begin at/around 3:30PM EST, so I can see a game like regular people. Well, this is the occupation (US Army) I chose.

    • turnmymicup - May 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Well Thx u for making that chose from us here in the states. Not everyone is cut out for military life. Good Luck & God bless.

  14. bigrele - May 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    The Knicks were built to beat the Heat, ha! So much for that theory! Oh so NOW the Pacers in 6 huh? Wow, look at the big bad Pacer bandwagon building up from sore losing Knick fans hahahahahaha! Keep wishing numbnuts lol, dream on! Heat in 5 at the most 6, bottom line you worthless haters…….

  15. sportfan2 - May 19, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    I’m wanting the Pacers to win over the Heat and if there D holds up I think they might. Problem is the Heat can play good D as well. I got’a go with the Heat and the home court advantage they have.

  16. sdelmonte - May 19, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    And thus the night games even on weekends commence. If you want to see a day game, today is your last chance.

  17. reasonablemindsays - May 19, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    The Pacers have the better starting lineup, however they are not flexible enough to match Miami’s small lineups with LBJ at the 4. Miami’s far superior bench will prove to be the difference maker in what should be a close series.

    Each team will defend home court. Miami in 7.

    • davidly - May 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      You make valid points and may very well be correct: all in all, the Miami bench has proven themselves more productive. However, in their head to head match-ups with the Pacers, Indiana’s bench outscored the Heat 76 to 47, out-rebounded them 38 to 23, had twice as many steals and a higher assist to turnover ratio.

      But you’re right, the rotations will be key. And the officiating.

  18. jcioffi1485 - May 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    lost in all of this talk? Hey Knicks…..that would be….what….40 years of irrelevence now?

    • cantonbound13 - May 19, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      And you have been irrelevant your whole lifetime, what’s your point?

  19. jaydm84 - May 19, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    As a Heat fan I am glad to play the Pacers. The pacers offense was anemic at best at times against a Knicks team that has 1 or 2 players who can remotely play defense. I think if the heat can score 94 points, they beat the Pacers 4/5 games.

  20. soopreme - May 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    The way the Pacers were acting and celebrating after the game last night you would have thought they won the championship!!!

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - May 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      That’s the difference between teams just happy to move on and teams that have 1 goal in mind…. Championship Rings!

      That Lance guy from the Pacers has really showed me something this year. He’s pretty good, but where he would really benefit the Pacers is coming off the bench, however that’s not an option due to Danny Grainger being out.

      Here’s a Five reasons my Heat beat the Pacers.

      1). Bosh will be playing this series (he got hurt in game 1 last year)

      2). The addition of Chris “Birdman” Anderson, will help keep Big Roy Hibbert off the boards as much.

      3). The bench is much better offensively than last years team. ( Ray Allen, Reshard Lewis & the emergence of 2nd yr man, Norris Cole)

      4). Danny Grainger being injured.

      5). Oh, yeah, that guy LeBron James kind of figured some things out last year.

  21. pantsfreezone - May 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    So much Heat hate. You poor fools are going to look back on this time in 10 years and wish you appreciated these guys more.

    The Miami Heat will take down the Indiana Pacers in 6 games.

  22. beachsidejames - May 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    With Wade playing hurt it changes everything the Heat can do. If Bosh can hit from outside that will make up for Wade being less effective and open things up for James. All in all still like the Heat in 6.

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