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Pictured: One Sad Big Man
The Pacers have:
Roy Hibbert, currently the third best center in the NBA.
David West, one of the league's more complete Power Forwards, with a fluid elbow jumper.
Tyler Hansbrough and Lou Amundson, two high energy, and competent backups.
They have size and an offensive power game/rebounding advantage over Miami.
And all they managed to do in the second half was get six paint points, three offensive rebounds and get out-rebounded on the defensive glass 23-17. Is that the best they can do?
It was a tale of two halves for Indiana on Sunday night.
In the first half they were clicking. Their post game was fueling their outside game. They were playing solid defense on James and Wade. They led by eight at halftime.
And then, they stopped.
The Pacers came out in the second half, lethally cold.
James and Wade were able to waltz into the lane for easy high-percentage shots the entire second half. They didn't get out to help on Haslem, who's jumpers kept the Heat in the lead.
They didn't work it inside and as a result Miami was able to focus on contesting Indiana's jump shots.
Miami did a great job forcing Hibbert, who killed them in Game 3, out of the lane. He only scored on one jump shot in the second half and West, Hansbrough and Amundson combined for only eight more points.
For the Pacers to win, they need to do these two things.
Offensively: Work inside and not settle for jump shots. Jump shots early in the shot clock lead to quick possessions and fast breaks for Miami. That is how the Heat want to play. But if Indy can work the ball through West and Hibbert, they are able to exploit Miami's lack of size, James' tired legs and the talents of two of their three best players.
For Indiana to succeed they must score down-low.
Defensively: Keep Lebron and Wade out of the paint. Obviously, this will not be 100-percent successful. However, the Pacers have been successful throughout the series at making LeBron and Wade beat them from the outside and limiting their inside opportunities.
The tally is evident. When the Pacers have done these two things, they have two wins. When they haven't they have two losses.