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PBT Extra: Explaining Pacers owning Heat in Game 1, what’s ahead

May 19, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

Over the course of the regular season, the Indiana Pacers were a slightly below average pick-and-roll team, an offense that struggled to score consistently. Miami had one of the best pick-and-roll defenses in the NBA and, when focused, seemed able to score on anyone.

You wouldn’t know any of that from watching Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Pacers offense carved up the Heat defense and that’s what Kay Adams and I discuss in the latest edition of PBT Extra. The real question with all of it — was this a one-off, or can the Pacers replicate it?

  1. onenineninee - May 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    No defense. Also, Bosh thinking he’s a PG and taking a dozen 3s. He didn’t have one aggressive move in the paint.

  2. antistratfordian - May 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    In the first half the Pacers shot 60% overall, and 67% from three. In the 2nd half they only shot 42% overall and 20% from three. So they only carved the Heat up for a half. They were able to stay even in the 2nd half by shooting 30 free throws in that half compared to Miami’s 7.

    • JHathwell - May 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      And since Miami can’t stop Indiana’s bigs, this pattern is likely to repeat itself.

      • antistratfordian - May 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        The 2nd half pattern? That’s fine. If the Pacers want to shoot 42% from the field and 20% from three and hope for 60 free throws a game, then the series will be a cakewalk for Miami.

      • jollyjoker2 - May 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        I would like to think that Jhath..but 1 game means nothing. Next game you will probably wonder if the pacers even belong. It they win the serious, they should not be patting themselves too hard on the back.

      • JHathwell - May 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        It’s not a one game pattern, it’s a three season pattern. Everyone knows they have a problem with Indiana’s front court guys, especially Big Roy.

  3. thevikesarebest - May 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    The Lakers got owned the past two seasons.

    • kb2408 - May 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Why are you talking about the LAKERS? Yeah, they got owned the last two seasons but for the better part of three decades they have owned the NBA.

      • billtetley53 - May 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Get used to to being owned. The Lakers have been irrelevant to the title for 4 years running, and will be for at least another 5. Nobody cares about 5 yearsand older trophies, dummy.
        Its 2014, not 1981.

        Shouldn’t you be rubbing your (not so) fathead to your Kobe fathead? Youmay as well, youadd nothing of value here.

  4. lookoutjim - May 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    It’s early

  5. jbeagles23 - May 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    You mean the pattern of getting carved up by Indians bigs last year in the series between these excact two teams and the heat winning?

  6. cantonbound13 - May 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    I’ll explain it: heat are a bunch of pansies that got pushed around

    • jollyjoker2 - May 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      except the last two pansy years when they scored and owned Indy.

  7. 25yearindyfan - May 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Anti,

    All positive things Indiana did in the first 2 series were completely discredited because of the “bad” teams they played.

    Therefore, throw out all positive statistics for Miami versus any team you consider “bad” which obviously is every Eastern conference opponent according to Heat fans.

    Their FG % vs. every team but SA, OKC and LAC should be completely thrown out. Because every other team in the league is bad according to Miami fans.

  8. kb2408 - May 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    This is the “real” Pacers. I don’t know why people are so confused about this. The Pacers started the season like legit contenders, had some internal strife that put them in a funk, played two teams that they knew they were better than in the first two rounds and now they’re playing their biggest rival. Why is it surprising that Miami got their very best shot? The Pacers match up extremely well against Miami and they are out to prove all the naysayers wrong. People act as if Miami swept Indy last season. It went all 7 games and had game 7 been in Indy who knows how it would’ve turned out. Also, the teams split 4 games in the reg season. These teams are evenly matched. Paul and Lance can hang with LBJ and Wade. There will be no 49 pt games this series. The biggest advantages in this series goes to Indy. Miami has no one to guard Indy’s frontline. Spo tried LBJ on West…how did that work out? “Allegedly” LBJ can guard 4 positions but if he is on West again he will get worn down and beat up. And Birdman/Bosh/Haslem are no match for Hibbert. That’s the reason Riley signed Oden. Speaking of which, isn’t it ironic that the two players that were signed to add depth, and help Miami get over the hump, (Oden and Beasely) aren’t even activated? That means Miami has virtually the same team from last season minus Mike Miller who ironically was their best reserve in the playoffs.

  9. tmdill18 - May 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    The Pacers carved them up in both halves. The FTs we’re not some random event. The reason that they shot all of the free threes in the second half is because,the Pacers were gouging them and getting into the paint at will. That resulted in Miami going into foul mode. They were grabbing and hacking in desperation. If the Pacers would have shot a better FT %, it would have been worse.

  10. newyorkball82 - May 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    You cannot reason with Miami fans or get them to admit a fair defeat. If the heat get 30 fts, it’s because they were aggressive. If Indy gets them it’s because of the biased refs. There is no debate to be had. It’s a constant defense of why Miami didn’t win as to why they got beat. We’ll see how much of a “cakewalk” things are tomorrow night. If Indy wins, it’s gonna be “of course they had to win the first two home games…”

  11. jbeagles23 - May 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Guaranteed lebron puts up 45 plus tomorrow and the heat win by 15 plus

    • kb2408 - May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Please, come back after the game. LeBron is being guarded by Paul George, not Paul Pierce. George is a few yrs younger than LeBron and a tremendous defender. Pierce is darn near 40 and even in his prime wasn’t a great defender.

      • billtetley53 - May 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

        Yes, please come back. Because you know damn well when kb is proven wrong, he will disappear until the Pacers win another game.

        I bet you have a real punchable face, kb. I’d love to find out. But you are too much of a coward.

  12. rrhoe - May 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Sooo,where is Greg Oden in all this,this is why they signed the guy right,what can it hurt to give him a try.

  13. nard100 - May 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    What a difference one game makes. Now everybody’s back on Pacer bandwagon. Remember, they won game one last year too. How’d that work out? Heat in 7.

  14. mcsuave - May 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Doesn’t look good for Miami. They are 1-7 in pacers arena and Pacers have home court. Lack of big men is their undoing. Lebron has played the equivalent of an extra season with all of the playoffs and Olympics. Don’t think they can do it this year.

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