Last season when these two teams met in the playoffs, the Pacers led 2-1 before eventually falling to the Heat. Just imagine if the Pacers did not let up, then maybe (just maybe) the Heat had a much harder time last year winning it all, if not lose.
Coach Spoelstra said that they had to be different from last year because last year's Heat will not be able to beat this Pacers. And I agree. This year's Pacers are the best on defense. With Paul George guarding LeBron James and the Pacers excelling in team defense, I like the challenge that that will bring.
My prediction, Heat in 7.
My wish, Heat in 4.
The reason for that wish is that I only have three remaining good Pacers in DTTF (West, Hill, Stephenson), and the four in 1-N-Done (plus Paul George). If the series go past four games, I will be picking scraps south of D.J. Augustin.
Here are possible picks for Wednesday:
- Paul George. Best PRA of them all. Best option for DTTF and the strategy of best-player-in-losing team... of course if you believe Pacers will lose this series. In 1-N-Done, I will pick him at home, possibly Game 3 or 4.
- David West. Second-best PRA, and the one who seem anxious to getting revenge on last year's loss to the Heat. For me, I am saving him for an elimination game because of his impending free agency. He injured his right leg, by the way.
- Lance Stephenson. He broke out in his last game with the Knicks with 38 PRA. While it seems unlikely he can duplicate that, he will get you decent PRA in average. I will pick him in Game 2 or a later game because the injured Wade is well rested coming into Game 1.
- George Hill. He suffered a concussion in the last series but it seems he is okay now with his decent performance in the last game with the Knicks. He gets my pick.