After yesterday's dominant performance by Indiana is Miami in trouble?
Yesterday, the Indiana Pacers played easily their best game of the playoffs in beating the Miami Heat 107-96 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George led a balanced INDY attack, where all the starters had scored in double figures by halftime, with 27 points and seven assists for the game.
Lance Stephenson had an excellent all around game for Indiana adding 4 rebounds and 8 assists to his 17 points and David West had 19 on an very efficient 8-11 shooting.
It was an all around dominant performance by Indiana which induces the question are the Miami Heat in trouble in this series?
My answer: I wouldn't necessarily say they're in trouble, especially after just one game, but I do think they're beatable.
Indiana is an absolute matchup nightmare for the Heat. Stephenson and George both have the length and tenacity to bother both LeBron and D-Wade and Roy Hibbert is a menace inside.
As a result, it will be much more difficult for James to completely take over a game in the manner he did against the Nets in game 4 when he put 49 on New Jersey.
This performance was largely predicated on his ability to get to the rim.
The Pacers big issue presently is they are receiving very little production from the bench.
Who am I to question Larry Legend but Indiana is really looking like they could use Danny Granger right now.
Granger's replacement, Evan Turner, was unavailable for game one due to having strep throat. Regardless, Turner has been nothing short of abysmal during these playoffs.
In the six games in the Washington series he averaged just over 2 points on 33 percent shooting in just 14 minutes per game.
Notwithstanding this one glaring weakness (the bench), as I mentioned before I do think this series is winnable for the Pacers.
However, getting through the best player on the planet is definitely not going to be easy.