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PBT Extra: Eastern Conference Finals preview time

May 21, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

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And then there were four…

With the NBA down to the final four in the conference finals, today Kay Adams and I talk about the Heat and the Pacers. The central matchup to me is Roy Hibbert and Chris Bosh — how much of a disruptive force can Hibbert be defensively if he is watching Bosh out by the arc?

We talk a little about Dwyane Wade and motivation, then I make a prediction. Which Pacers fans may not like, but they should go back and look at my Kentucky Derby predictions and see how accurate those were. Then have a laugh.

  1. miamatt - May 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    This series is going to get nasty. Don’t try telling me the Heat have an easy road to another title. Much respect to the Pacers. Let’s go!!!

  2. canehouse - May 21, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    The HEAT in 6… the PACERS are a very well rounded team… but the HEAT are poised for another title!

  3. bleedburgandyandgold - May 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Would like to see the Pacers take the Heat the distance but I’m going to say Heat in 6 just don’t think any team is going to deny them a repeat this year

  4. davidly - May 22, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Okay, so this is about what it’s gonna take to beat the Heat:

    Firstly, I have to lament: When is the last time a team with 49 reg season wins beat a team with 66? That alone would seem to be an overwhelming challenge, but, then again, there was Denver/Seattle ’94 and there’s the whole “matchups” thing, overrated in the playoffs or no…

    If Wade is allowed to kick his opponent consistently in the nuts when stealing the ball and flying the other way for an ally-oop pass or monster dunk (or walk up his defenders chest in the paint on the way to the same), this will be a short series. And my allusions to biased officiating aside (and I’m not about to concede that point here), let’s face it: D’yw’ade is one of the best players of all time, so it’s not just LBJ and wide open role players the Pacers have to contend with.

    BUT KURT: As far as defending Bosh dancing outside the paint is concerned, there is David West and the always rotating Pacer D. Hibbert will be staying mostly where he belongs: defending the paint. Come on Meester Helin, get with it.

    As to the last point and the one about “the law of the whistle”: if Roy is treated like Tyson was in the last series (that is, if he not only doesn’t get his own fair share of the benefit of the doubt (to the uninitiated NBA aficionado: the occasional questionable call), but also ends up on the bench for too long), we can probably forget about winning that particular game.

    As far as the conspiracies go: it would make just as much sense for Darth Stern to cast his shadow upon Miami, in that–contrary to popular conspiratiod logic–an awful lot of fans would be downright smitten with the NBA if they got to witness the Heat losing this series.

    Then again, keeping in mind the aforementioned Dark Star’s concern for finals’ ratings, the argument could be made that more would tune in to see the Heat lose on the bigger stage than would tune in to see my home town team battle the Spurs. Though, for me it and many others it would be awesome (ABA, baby, representé ! !)

    In short: the benefit of the doubt; the benefit of the whistle; the benefit of the doubt of the call: these are self-fulfilling factors not in need of vast conspiratorial mechanisations. However, YES: it does effect winners and losers (contrary to what the author of this blog will be telling you within the next couple of weeks).

    Frankly, lose or lose, the longer the series, the happier I’ll be as a Pacer fan born & bred: because the longer the series, the more times I get to see Indiana beat the Heat.

    You may now go read other posts.

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