NBA Playoffs: Why the Indiana Pacers Will Upset the Miami Heat

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NBA Playoffs: Why the Indiana Pacers Will Upset the Miami Heat
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Entering this series, nobody gave the Indiana Pacers even a glimmer of hope for knocking off "King" James and the Miami Heat. The basketball gods were all backing the Heat and its star trio, but I didn't fully understand why everyone thought the Heat would sweep the Pacers. I recognize the talent that the Heat have built in South Beach, but the Pacers had a true height advantage, not just with their bigs, but also with their position players.

Defensively, the Pacers could match up in terms of height against all players on the Heat, with guys like a 6-8 Paul George guarding Dwayne Wade. Outside the big three, the Heat isn't a necessarily strong team with a lot of older, experienced role players who are trying to win a championship. The downside to that is you are playing against a team of young, energized players who are being told that they have no chance of playing with the Heat. 

Going forward with the injury to Bosh, this shifts the entire matchup to one that I feel favors the Pacers. The Heat showed Tuesday night that without that third scorer it can be beaten, and furthermore it will not be able to steamroll over the Pacers. The Heat is now extremely undersized in this series with Hibbert and West upfront for the Pacers, and with an extremely deep bench with a rotation of ten guys, the Pacers have to be seen as the favorites to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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