The San Antonio Spurs have advanced to the 2013 NBA Finals, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in four games to reach the next stage of their title pursuit. In the Eastern Conference, however, the series between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers rages on.
The question is, when and where can you watch Game 5 of their heated Eastern Conference Finals clash?
The Heat and Pacers split the first two games of this series, with Indiana in position to win both times in Miami. Not only did they lose on a buzzer-beater in overtime during Game 1, but the Pacers also won 97-93 in Game 2.
In Game 3, however, the Pacers failed to show up.
Miami committed just five turnovers and made 54.5 percent of their field goals en route to a 114-96 road win. Dwyane Wade led the charge with 18 points and eight assists, while Udonis Haslem tallied 17 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-9 shooting.
Roy Hibbert went for 20 points and 17 rebounds, while David West added 21 and 10 boards, but the Pacers' bench simply couldn't keep the pace.
Game 4 was a different story, as Indiana rallied behind Hibbert and Lance Stephenson to pull off a huge win. LeBron James fouled out, David West tallied yet another double-double and the Pacers walked away victorious.
We're now tied up at 2-2.
In Game 5, both teams will look to gain one final edge in this series. With the Spurs looming and granted the opportunity to rest and study their opposition, neither team will want this series to go on too much longer.
So who can take the next step toward greatness?
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat, Game 5
Time: Thursday, May 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Series Record: Indiana Pacers 2, Miami heat 2
The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat enter this game with the luxury and overwhelming burden of knowing who their opponent would be in the NBA Finals. With this in mind, neither team will be too inclined to grant the aging Spurs too much time to rest.
The question is, who will rise to the occasion?
The Heat haven't lost two home games in one postseason series since the 2011 NBA Finals, when they lost the series to the Dallas Mavericks. With this in mind, it's quite clear that the Pacers will have an uphill battle to close this series out.
Just don't call it impossible.
Indiana has won a postseason game in Miami for the second consecutive year, which displays their fearless nature. With that being said, the Heat remain the favored squad entering this game and have talent that is superior to the Pacers'.
When it comes to a rivalry game, however, one thing is clear: Anything can happen.
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