Well this was about as good as the Pacers could have played against the Heat, the same Heat team that has beat the Pacers by fifty points in two other games. In this game, the Pacers got their largest lead of the series with a fourteen point lead in the second quarter, but Miami made a run and got it close through the third and fourth quarters. The Heat raced to the Pacers at the finish line and won this game 93-91.
There was no faulting the Pacers effort though for this game last night. The Pacers defense was all over the place as hands were getting deflections, some blocks were made, and guys were getting in the faces of the Heat players. Even looking at the box score, and the Heat only had sixty points at the end of the third quarter. Looking back at the other two games, the Heat had sixty three points by halftime of both previous games.
There would be fault with the way the Pacers finished up this game. There was an isolation that featured Darren Collison being guarded by the bigger Lebron James. In that situation, Collison has to start moving quick or pass out and let someone else take over the end. That was a surprising move by the Pacers.
The defense at the end was about as solid as the Pacers could be as well. But Lebron James and Dwayne Wade hit big shots and there’s nothing that could have been done about that. The Heat have those guys who can finish the game, something the Pacers need to learn how to do.
That something that will have to be done with this Pacers team. They need a finisher or work together to finish the game. We all know there’s not a closer to this team, but with a team effort, the Pacers should be able to close out games, and this is one that they should have been able to take care of.
The Pacers finish up tonight with a game in Orlando, and I will be interested to see how the team comes out. Will there be a slow first quarter, and the Pacers will have to come back? Or will this team come out with an aggressive side and try to put away the Magic early in this one? That’s what it’s going to come down to, and I hope the Pacers get that win they need to tonight.