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Before the Miami Heat could overcome the San Antonio Spurs in an epic NBA Finals, they needed to get past the pesky Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.
It took seven games and a bit of luck for the Heat to finally advance, but eventually LeBron James and Co. got their act together and handily pulled out a victory in the decisive game of the series.
The Pacers’ players won’t soon forget how close they were to an improbable finals appearance and are likely spending the offseason preparing for a rematch
Indiana's front office also made a number of adjustments that will help the club against Miami.
While the team’s decision to draft Solomon Hill may have been near-universally derided, the Arizona forward impressed in the Summer League and could help the Pacers against the Heat next season.
As for free agency, former Knicks role player Chris Copeland was a great addition. The versatile swingman can man a number of positions and help lock down the Heat’s best players.
Don’t be surprised if this game gets chippy, as the Pacers look to prove that they are going to be tough to beat and a real contender against the defending champs next spring.