I don't usually cheer for individual teams, but I'm rooting for Indiana in this series. And Miami. Equally.
This series has been absolutely scintillating, to say the least, and if it doesn't go seven games, it will be unfortunate.
Game 1 saw LeBron James prove why he's the best in the game and break the Pacers' hearts in overtime. Game 2 saw a balanced Indiana effort—and the continued superstar emergence of Paul George—to even the series. Miami owned Game 3, but the Pacers claimed a controversial win in the back-and-forth Game 4 classic to once again tie things up.
Four games, three classics, countless unforgettable moments—and hopefully much more to come.
With the way things are going, I wouldn't suggest missing any of the next (hopefully) three games:
2013 NBA Playoffs Schedule
|Game||Date||Time (ET)||Away Team||Home Team||TV|
|5||Thursday, 5/30||8:30 p.m.||Indiana||Miami||TNT|
|6||Saturday, 6/1||8:30 p.m.||Miami||Indiana||TNT|
|7*||Monday, 6/3||8:30 p.m.||Indiana||Miami||TNT|
Game 5 Player to Watch: LeBron James
Usually I tend to try to drop a less-obvious name in a section like this, but James finds himself here for a different reason than usual.
In Game 5, we're going to see vengeance James.
And that's a scary James.
During Indiana's 99-92 Game 4 win, LeBron infamously fouled out on this controversial call in the final minute, all but sealing the Pacers' win:
The NBA's best player usually tries to get others involved, but if he decides to go into attack mode, he can be downright scary. You may see a 50-point performance on Thursday night.
How will Game 5 play out?
Game 5 Prediction
Although James will have a little more motivation and will be at home, the Pacers should be able to keep it close with Roy Hibbert dominating the paint and the entire starting lineup playing at such a high level.
Nevertheless, I'm giving this one to the Heat, who have bounced back for two of their most dominant wins of the postseason in their only other two losses.
Indiana 95, Miami 101