We could be just one game away from the 2013 NBA Finals, as the Miami Heat hold a 3-2 series lead over the Indiana Pacers. With Game 6 headed back to Indiana, the home crowd will likely play a factor in deciding whether or not this series goes to a deciding Game 7.
The question is, when and where can you, the fans, watch Game 6 of this explosive series between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat?
The Heat defeated the Pacers in Game 5, thus earning the 3-2 series edge. Behind a 30-point performance from LeBron James and 16 points from Udonis Haslem, the Heat were able to fight through a physical battle and emerge victorious.
Whether or not they can put the Pacers away is another question.
Time: Saturday, June 1 at 8: 30 p.m. ET
Series Lead: Miami Heat 3, Indiana Pacers 2
The Miami Heat may have won Game 5, but the Indiana Pacers control their own destiny as they play Game 6 at home. While the Heat did manage to win Game 3 in Indiana, the Pacers reaffirmed their legitimacy with an impressive Game 4 victory at home.
They'll need more of the same if they're to extend this series to Game 7.
The odds aren't in the Pacers' favor to win this series. As for why, it's all about the numbers that point in the favor of a Game 5 winner in a 2-2 series.
"Advantage" doesn't do it justice.
When a best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 wins the series 83.4 percent of the time— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 31, 2013
Then again, there are the 16.6 percent that have succeeded—who's to say the Pacers can't join them?
Indiana has played Miami down to the wire in three of the five games, winning two of them. In Game 4, they were in control of the game until their key players disappeared in the second half and LeBron James took over.
In other words, this series isn't 3-2 for no reason—these teams are more evenly matched than we may have presumed.
The question in Game 6 will be whether or not the Pacers can provide Paul George and Roy Hibbert with enough supporting fire. David West had a strong first half in Game 4, and both George Hill and Lance Stephenson should turn things around, but depth is an issue.
Regardless of what happens in Game 6, the NBA Finals will be shaped in a major way by the outcome of this game.