NBA Playoffs 2012: Why Indiana Pacers Can Beat Miami Heat Without Chris Bosh

Patrick BrittonAnalyst IMay 14, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MAY 13:  Forward Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks to pass against Center Roy Hibbert #55 (R) of the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2012 at the American Airines Arena in Miami, Florida.  The Heat defeated the Pacers 95-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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After the Miami Heat announced that Chris Bosh will be out indefinitely with an abdominal strain (news via Associated Press), Indiana has greatly increased its odds of beating the Heat.

In the regular season, the Pacers finished third in the Eastern Conference and only had four fewer wins than Miami. Although Miami is clearly the better team with Bosh, without CB4 in the lineup the Heat were just 4-5.

Part of the reason the Heat were successful when Wade was injured this year was because they were still able to get scoring from the frontcourt and the backcourt. Chalmers stepped up his offense with Wade out, creating a balanced scoring attack with Bosh and James chipping in.

If Miami chooses to play LeBron at small forward, they will sorely lack interior scoring with Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem being the main threats inside. Neither of those two scare the Pacers and would give them a huge advantage due to the point production they’d be getting out of David West and Roy Hibbert.

If Miami chooses to put LeBron at power forward to give them interior scoring their play will also suffer. James thrives on overpowering smaller defenders on his way to the hoop as there is no small forward in the game that has his size and quickness.

However, if a bigger man is covering LeBron he will still have that quickness, but it would be a challenge for him to battle inside the whole series. Getting pushed around for a half of basketball is one thing, but an entire series is something completely different.

Although most people will consider Miami to be the favorite even without Chris Bosh in the lineup, I believe Indiana will be able to exploit the Heat’s weaknesses and ultimately win the series.