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Pacers enter Game 4 needing to play to their strengths

May 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Indiana was built to have advantages against the Miami Heat but you wouldn’t have known it watching Game 3.

In the second half of Game 3 Indiana went away from getting the ball to David West either at the elbow or on the block, plus they went completely away from posting up Roy Hibbert at all. Instead, the Pacers went pick-and-roll heavy with the erratic Lance Stephenson, who was too often forced to the sideline and away from the paint. Indiana stopped executing when the Heat cranked up the defensive pressure. Plus, the defense that is the Pacers hallmark went away.

Bottom line, the Pacers were built to stay big when the Heat go small and beat them, in Game 3 the Heat went small and won.

Indiana has to flip that script in Game 4, or this series is going to be short.

For Miami, the key is defense — they played their best defensive game of the playoffs in the last 30 minutes of Game 3. Their trapping, pressure, turnover-forcing defense was back and they had the easy transition buckets to show for it.

But the Heat haven’t brought that consistently in the playoffs. They need to start because both teams out of the West are playing at a higher level than the Heat have been up until those 30 minutes. Miami needs to sustain that level of play.

They also need the healthy, attacking Dwyane Wade — he is averaging 24.3 points on 62 percent shooting this series. That Wade with LeBron James makes the Heat difficult to stop, no matter what Chris Bosh is doing (which has not been much).

Expect a Pacers team playing with a sense of desperation — they need to win, their season is on the line.

The question is can they execute at the level they need to, can they stick with the game plan?

  1. cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Beware of dirty Wade’s cheap shots or LeBron’s flying elbows.

    • finsfan71 - May 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      …and beware of the rancid deli meat, aye Richie?

      • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Richie??? Meats??? No idea what you’re talking about. Keep your weird fantasies off the comment board please. There are kids on here like jimmyjohnson, leahachima& rodgerdodger.

      • jkirby317 - May 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        The “B” in PBT stands for basketball, not bologna. Let’s talk about sports. The Miami Heat suck at basketball.

      • spthegr8 - May 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        ^^^ Rodger Dodger also goes by Ryder1 or Male groupie #1. He will respond to these comment’s but he can’t until Cheerleading pratice let’s out. He’s gotta be ready for the big game tonight. He is the Captain of the cheerleading squad and with great power, come’s great responsibility. ^^^

      • sportsfan18 - May 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        jkirby317

        you say let’s talk about sports and then you say the Heat suck… one can’t talk about something they know nothing about…

        I do NOT like the Heat or LBJ. I’m a Bulls fan, an MJ is far better than Kobe and better than LBJ kinda guy…

        BUT, it’s dishonest and shows how dumb one is to say the Heat suck at basketball.

        Fine, you don’t have to like them or root for them (I don’t).

        Kind of difficult to say that the two time defending championship team that is getting close to returning to the finals for a 4th consecutive season sucks…

        well, it isn’t difficult for one who knows nothing about sports to say that…

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        leahcima1
        “cantonjerk0 comes out of his hole to get a little attention.”

        New Yawk LOSER!

    • leahcima1 - May 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      Thanks goodness. I was afraid the Heat village lost its idiot, but no cantonjerk0 is still here, like a ditto machine, spewing out the few sentences he has mastered. Don’t go anywhere a**hole, no offense, a lot of people depend upon you for their daily dose of laughs. lol

      • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        I’ll be here forever to remind you it’s 31-7 loser! Hahaha!!!

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Must be true. It comes straight from the horses rear, cantonahole0.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Figures a coward pu$$y like you, CantonPeaBrain, would worry about physicality, you New Yawk wimp!

      • leahcima1 - May 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        Boy cantonjerk0 it seems an awful lot of people dislike you. Could it be your personality? Got to run. Want to get to the arena before the crowd to watch the three time NBA finalists, the two time NBA champs go for a threepeat. Get there early so I can leave early. Like to beat the crowd so my bandwagon doesn’t get stuck in traffic. 31-7 loser. lol

  2. prareedoggin - May 26, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Beware of the back to back champs*

    Lol Cantonbound

    • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Very fitting you put an asterisk by that statement.

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        The asterisk was to point out what a pathetic loser New Yawk cowards like you, CantonPeaBrain, are.

      • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Shouldn’t you be picking up your sister/wife?

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Finsfan71 using “intelligence” in the same post as cantonjerk0 is like using Knicks in the same post as “win”, – laughable.

  3. beach305 - May 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    This is the biggest game in the series. The Heat need to come out with energy early and keep up all game.

    • soopreme - May 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      I agree. they can’t fall behind early like last game.
      The Pacers know that if they lose tonight its over and they are gonna be desperate.
      Heat need to be focused from the start.
      Also, I don’t want to see the ball in Chalmers hands so much early, it seems too many bad things happen.

      • turnmymicup - May 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        I couldn’t agree more. Norris doesn’t need to start. I like his energy off the bench. Just get the ball out of Chalmers hands in that 1st quarter.

  4. beach305 - May 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    This is the biggest game in the series. The Heat need to come out with energy early and keep up all game.

  5. jbeagles23 - May 26, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    It’s no coincidence when the heat turned up the defence that west and hibbert disappeared And lance dribbling behind the back and through the legs for 17 seconds of the shot clock doesn’t help either

    • zoomy123 - May 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Come on man, Lance got them handles. LOL!

    • jkirby317 - May 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      “Defence”? It is not spelled like the crowd signs lead one to believe. Thankfully the comment section notifies you of a misspelling with a red-squiggly line underneath the butchered word. Go Pacers!

      • davidly - May 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Maybe he’s from Ingland.

  6. finsfan71 - May 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    A nice demoralizing blowout would just about crush their hopes. But for that to happen Bosh has got to show up. On second thought a heart-stopping one point win works just the same.

  7. cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    The other canton sits on his bed all-day everyday and has a organism whenever thinking about LeBron. How is Phil Jackson doing by the way? No one wants to play/coach for that sorry a$$ franchise.

    • zoomy123 - May 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      An “organism”? I didn’t know cantonbound13 was pregnant…

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        The New Yawk coward’s might not be pregnant but he’s totally F+CKED!

    • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      Once again a comment that makes no sense. Wouldn’t the one trolling on here, defending LeBron any chance he gets, be the one that fantasizes about LeBron? It’s so pathetic that you’ve made it a full time job of responding to all my comments & even stealing my name. That’s Truely sad.

      • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        This fool, cantonjerk0, sucked you in like he sucks in others. He has to find something that will get people to look at him and somewhere along the line he found that if he attacked Lebron that he’d get attention. Cantonjerk0 knows less about basketball than anyone whoever wrote on this blog, but more about anyone about drawing attention to himself. He’s a loser who can’t stand himself so he hides behind his own stupidity. I actually feel sorry for him. Can you imagine living in his skin and having to look in the mirror and face what a jerk you are?

      • cantonbound13 - May 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        When it comes to sucking, you are the expert

  8. mnsadsportsfan - May 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Pacers are toast.

  9. jbeagles23 - May 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Lance has some amateur street ball handles

  10. rodge1 - May 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    @cantonbound13

    Thanks for the shout-out Sid… I think the key for the Knicks in this series is…. Oh wait, I forgot that the Knicks didn’t make the playoffs this year.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      To the New Yawk Loser CantonPeaBrain: See you at the victory parade Richie, you closet bandwagoner you. Richie the loser. . It must be a hoot to be not only the most obnoxious guy on the internet but to be a fan of one of the worst franchises in all of sports.

  11. jkirby317 - May 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Pacers fans> LeBron James APP subscribers.

  12. rodge1 - May 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    @spthegr8

    Thanks for the shout-out little buddy… You are the president of Lakers’ fans that have never been to LA… Cheers!

  13. jucam1 - May 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    This series is over, i wonder if Ibaka can do enough to give the Thunder a chance to get in to the title series with the Heat?… Indiana has proven to all of us that when the Heat turn up their game Indy can’t come close. It’s over

  14. jzone954 - May 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Canton, if you’re older then 15…..then you have serious issues my man.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Man? Try pu$$y!

  15. thermanmerman99 - May 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    anybody with a brain or clue to reality knows this WWE rigged garbage that david stern and his puppet adam silver put on display is an absolute joke. does anybody in their right mind actually think these 2 worthless buffoons would even consider letting INDIANA get into the finals? they dont care how rigged the product on display is, as long as they get the big ratings, and everybody knows david stern wouldve rigged the 2009 east finals for cleveland for a kobe/lebron showdown if the donaghy referee rigging scandal didnt break out at the same time. actually, when was the last time 2 small market teams actually met in the finals because I honestly cant remember it ever happening once.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      “…anybody with a brain or clue”'”

      That eliminated peabrains like the New Yawk coward: CantonPeaBrain/Richie!

  16. jzone954 - May 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Then stop watching, because hearing “grown” men moan and cry every time Miami wins is starting to get annoying…

    My goodness some of you sound so damn hurt when Lebron and the Heat keep winning . Shut up already .

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    There was a time there were actually good/smart comments on PBT. Just look at yourselves people. This is why I’m done here. I’ll do my count-up to 16. I’ll gloat/bum out after finaks a bit. But that’s it.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      You have to dish it out. Don’t take crap, especially from some arrogant POS New Yawk coward.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Scoreboard. Nothing else to say

  18. thermanmerman99 - May 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    and watching bandwagoning miami clowns is even more annoying, kind of like how you were “marlins” fans for 1 year, and now draw less than 1,000 people a game now that they are complete scrubs like the fanbase of miami is.

  19. golfrangeman - May 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    @1972wasalongtimeago your dead on very few people have any real insight on the nba and the articles. The people that say it’s rigged neglect to ever say how it’s rigged. Are we suppose to think the commish tells the refs to make sure one team wins and not one time in say the last 30 years the secret leaked. No ref has ever recorded or documented this or even gone to the media and tried to blackmail the nba. Could you imagine the prison terms everyone involved would serve, this is a sport that’s bet on in Vegas, there is a line on each game.
    And a final thought why would the celtics, Knicks,and lakers not have even made the playoffs.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      When tbe comments are about the refs cheating and the fans bandwagoning, that’s when you know the Heat are playing well, winning games, winning rings

  20. cantonb0und13 - May 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    The other canton said this is my full-time job? Lol. How many comments do you have? I’m pretty sure you have over 5000 comments that talks about the Miami Heat or LeBron.

    • jimeejohnson - May 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      CantonPeaBrain knows less about basketball than anyone whoever wrote on this blog, but more about anyone about drawing attention to himself. He’s a loser who can’t stand himself so he hides behind his own stupidity.

      There are lots more comments like these.

  21. antistratfordian - May 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Well this is the difference between the Indiana of this year and the Indiana of last year. More George and Stephenson and less West and Hibbert is how the 2013-14 Pacers play. It will be difficult for them to alter that significantly now without negative repercussions.

  22. jkirby317 - May 26, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Miami is not a team. They are a bunch of overrated b list players magnified by LeBron James. If Wade were as good as everyone thinks he wouldn’t have to resort to shady dirty plays. The kind of plays that would get him beat down on any court in the country that doesn’t have a logo in the middle.

  23. prareedoggin - May 26, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I wish canton was florio

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