The Indiana Pacers are in a prime position to shock the world once again. The Pacers were big winners last offseason with their roster upgrades through trades and free agency. They stunned the world earning a 42-24 record and a third place seed in the Eastern conference playoffs. Now, despite a Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat, the Pacers still have a golden opportunity to draw blood and win Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Up until the second half of Game 1, the Pacers were in full control, holding Miami against the ropes with an opportunity to pull an upset in the opener. However, Indiana showed their true colors as a young team by coughing up a lead, forcing bad shots in crucial moments, and winding up in foul trouble early.
The Miami Heat are the unquestioned favorites to make it out the Eastern conference, but the Pacers won't go down easily. A Chris Bosh-less roster is a huge positive for the Pacers, and they must take advantage starting in game 2.
Here are four vital players who must show up today against Miami.