It would be an insult to label the Indiana Pacers' season anything short of spectacular. Without their All-Star Danny Granger, the team's talented duo of Paul George and Roy Hibbert led the Pacers to the East's third-best record.
A late surge by the New York Knicks spoiled Indiana's chance of locking up the second seed, however any sort of discrepancy questioning the Pacers' ability against the Knicks should now be answered. Their dominant offensive and defensive effort helped launch the team to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004, knocking out the Knicks and securing a rematch of last season's physical series with the Miami Heat.
The defending champions lost two of three games this season against the Pacers, rallying together on March 10 to avoid a season sweep. Indiana will undoubtedly be Miami's biggest test in the postseason thus far, with its success hinging on defense.
The Pacers are just as potent as the Heat on that end of the floor, thus Miami can only be sure of their defensive philosophies should their offense fail against Indiana's rough play.
The defending champs have a more versatile offensive system, which means less concern, but there is no room for error when guarding the Pacers' best scorers.
Let's see who did the most damage to the Heat in the regular season, and how Miami can prevent making the same mistakes in the Eastern Conference Finals.
All statistics sourced from ESPN.com/NBA/statistics, unless noted otherwise.