2013 NBA Playoffs: Indiana Pacers' Formula for Beating the Miami Heat

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2013 NBA Playoffs: Indiana Pacers' Formula for Beating the Miami Heat
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For the second NBA playoffs in a row, the Indiana Pacers will square off against the Miami Heat. This time, a berth in the NBA Finals is at stake.

This series has the potential to be very competitive.  Recently, the Pacers have played well against the Heat. Indiana battled Miami every step of the way before losing in six games in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals. This season, they met three times with Indiana, winning two.

In order for the Pacers to advance, they have to mold those flashes of brilliance into consistent play. 

Winning the series will be a tall task for Indiana. Miami is playing arguably its best basketball since the arrival of the Big 3. Because the Pacers have played well against the Heat, confidence shouldn't be an issue, but it will take more than that to eliminate Miami.

This slideshow will detail what Indiana must do to beat the Heat and get to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000.

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