Miami Heat sends Pacers packing in Game 6
INDIANAPOLIS –For two games, the Pacers felt as if they had the answers. In their mind they had solved the riddle of how to beat the Miami Heat consistently.
Part one of the formulas was to find away to remove Chris Bosh from the mix. Part two was to get inside of Dwyane Wade’s head and limit his numbers.
Part three was…wait there was no real part three because as we have seen parts one and two didn’t really work.
Yes, the Heat had an implosion of sorts but that had nothing to do with the Pacers. Their two game skid could have happened during the Knicks series.
Seeing LeBron James step up in Game 4 and assume the leadership role and set the stage for Wade to get back on track was the difference maker in this series.
From the second half of Game 4 on the Pacers played the team that should have swept them and not the team that became to preoccupied with themselves to remember that they were playing a great basketball team.
Regardless of what happens from here, let’s note this piece of history as the segment when James matured directly in front of us and learned that to be the man you sometimes have to help the man.
As for last night, with the exception of the first five minutes, it was clear that the Pacers could not hang with the Heat even without Bosh or Udonis Haslem. Shout out to Mike Miller who stepped up and drained four 3-points buckets to force the Pacers to watch the perimeter while the maestros worked the paint.
Despite some of the Pacers refusing to shake hands with the Heat afterwards, there were solid performances from David West with 24 points and George Hill had 18.
The Heat now await either the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers who will play their game seven in Boston tonight.