The Heat has now downed the Pacers and pushed them into the brink of elimination. Now, it's time for the Heat to finish this series off and rid us all of the misery that the Pacers have given us all throughout this DTTF.
Early off the halftime break when the Heat went on a run and built more lead off two Paul George turnovers, I thought that was it. With an invisible Roy Hibbert, I didn't think the Pacers had enough firepower to cope. Hibbert turned from wild early this series to mild in that last game. If the Pacers want to win this series, Hibbert has to assert himself from hereon and stay out of foul trouble.
Speaking of foul trouble... another Pacer who was ineffective in the first half was Lance Stephenson. He was barely earning DTTF points as he mostly sat on the bench the first half. Surely that is not what he envisioned when he trashtalked his way on and off the court.
But he knows he has to bounce back, and you know why? Because he is a FREE AGENT! The Pacers were not ready to give him a hefty extension, and surely they will not give him the amount he will attract this offseason. So he knows he must showcase for the other teams who are surely watching the playoffs. He showed he can, when he racked up PRA in the fourth, and he surely will make it happen in Game 5 in a potentially season-ending outing. As planned, he gets my pick.
Will be happy to save Game 4 X-factor Chris Bosh (my remaining of the Big 3) and the rest of the Heat for the Finals.