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Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 10:19 am  |  29 responses

Post Up: Miami Moves On

DWade scores 41 as the Heat close out the Pacers.

by Dave Spahn / @DaveSpahn

Heat 105, Pacers 93 (Heat win series 4-2)

The basketball crazed state of Indiana saw its home town team flirt with victory in Game 6 vs the Miami Heat, but unlike the true “Hoosiers” ending, the Pacers went home empty. Credit Dwayne Wade’s 41 points to most of the Pacers struggles as Wade cut through the defense like a steak knife for all 40 minutes he was on the court. He somehow found his way through or around virtually every player on the Pacers roster en route to his 41 points. Since LeBron James dominated Games 4 and 5, the Pacers desperately needed to slow LeBron down. Their keying on LeBron gave Wade room to attack the rim and do what he does best: put the ball in the hole.

Completely and utterly shutting both LeBron and Wade down in the same game is just about impossible. Teams have tried to create ways to slow one or both of them down, and some teams fall into some good luck when James or Wade shoot the ball poorly one night. Pacers coach Frank Vogel knew his squad needed to slow James and Wade down in order to move past the Heat, but his philosophy was easier said than done. He explained his frustrations about finding ways to contain “The Big Two” after the game. “We had our whole focus on Derrick Rose (in the playoffs) last year and it’s like having two of them out there. Only bigger.”  He added, “These guys played at such a high level I don’t know if anyone could beat them.”

I made the comment in the Game 5 recap about David West and Roy Hibbert needing monster games in order to stay alive in the series. They both played very well, with West leading the Pacers in scoring, but they didn’t have “monster” outings. Hibbert needed another 19 points and 18 rebounds game to go along with West’s 24 point outing. Wade and LeBron, on the other hand, posted monster outings. LeBron’s 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists statline yet again opens eyes, and Wade’s 41 point outburst put the Heat over the top.

The unsung heroes of the game may not get as much credit, but the Heat’s supporting cast played a much better game than expected. Mike Miller nailed four triples for the first time in this year’s playoffs. Mario Chalmers played 32 minutes without turning the ball over one time and aided in the scoring category with 15 points. Joel Anthony’s stat line may not impress, but he made a lot of hustle plays and did enough to keep the Pacers frontcourt from taking over the game.

All in all, the Pacers simply were in over their heads in the second round. Credit their effort, their intensity, their scrappy play, and their never-die attitudes for creating possibly the most compelling second round series of the playoffs. As has been evident since the start of the season, the Pacers lacked the true star to answer the blows delivered by James and Wade. Beating the Heat requires an incredible amount of discipline both offensively and defensively, a skill the Pacers did not have down at times on the offensive end. Too many quick shots with 20 seconds left in the shot clock and somewhat of a lack of offensive identity doomed the Pacers in the end. They head home empty handed but gained a sense of respect from across the league. The Pacers may not have a superstar yet, but they sure will have every team’s attention in the years ahead.

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  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=NO!+meme&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=L3l0ZW3D5dDSDM:&imgrefurl=http://forthesakeofscience Max

    I love those Indy fans.

  • T-Money

    miami made two big adjustments after game 3 imo: 1- putting battier on west. he did a decent job overall but that’s irrelevant. what’s important is that it allowed bron to have his legs in the 2nd half to run the offense. lebron can easily play the 1 on offense and the 4 on the defense but we’ve learned that he can’t do both at the same time – it’s just way too taxing to fight bigs for positions and then make plays for the whole team at the other end. kudos to spo for figuring this out. 2- wade and lebron shooting floaters. the refs were applying the verticality rule (which i love!) so they couldn’t just launch themselves into hibbert expecting to get bailed out. as it is almost impossible to keep these two outside the pain when they get ball screens, it was a real smart adjustment to shoot before roy could get to them – of course, you gotta have the touch to make them too!

  • http://www.google.be/imgres?q=NO!+meme&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&rlz=1C1AFAB_enBE454BE454&biw=1600&bih=763&tbm=isch&tbnid=L3l0ZW3D5dDSDM:&imgrefurl=http://forthesakeofscience Max

    And Dwade’s pants’ were ghey..

  • http://www.vegasoddson.com/ VegasOddsOn

    I think it was over before it started. There’s a reason they play 7 games sets. I couldn’t agree more that it is next to impossible to shut down both Wade and James in the same game unless one or both are having a bad shooting night. You have to give a golf clap(albeit a small one) to the Pacers for showing heart the way they did, not much you can do when your are that over matched.

  • http://www.vegasoddson.com/ VegasOddsOn

    @T-Money good points! James is built like a brick poohouse but thats not an easy task to ask anyone to do.

  • RobbieJay

    i liked wade’s pants does that make me “ghey”? Sh*t he can wear those pants if he continues to play like this. mint green next?

  • LA Huey

    1) Kudos to Mike Miller for gutting it out. Dude was obvious in some pain out there. Not sure why the Pacers didn’t force him to play more defense.
    2) It aint a Heat game without Chalmers fouling a jump shooter. He is who he is at this point.
    3) Oddly, Joel’s been finishing half-decently around the basket.
    4) If the Pacers are able to get Eric Gordon and he manages to stay healthy…

  • http://www.dimemag.com Showtime

    It will be very quite day on post, the Indy supports and the Heat bottom feeders, who after game 3 boldly proclaimed the heat would fold will nicely go back in their whole from whince thy came.Finals bound..when you have 2 players in the top 5 things like this happen, Wade is wash up ehhh,lol,,

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I just can’t see this Heat team losing a series.

  • Fat Lever

    Well, Wade responded to the criticism after game 3 about as well as I’ve seen anyone respond after being in the line of fire. Looks like crow is on the lunch menu for me today. All good.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    I can. but only too a deep versatile yet talented team that loves when you switch on defense so that they can shoot 3′s anchored by 2 7 footers one of which is a hall of famer who’s still got a something left in the tank. The spurs scare me. they’re too similar too dallas except for the fact that they don’t have a monstrous defender and rebounder in his prime in the middle. but Tim Duncan’s been playing very very well lately AND he’ll be able to do whatever he wants against this TINY heat front line SMH.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    wade generally does well with criticism lol… I wish I could tell him he f*cking sucks before the series against philly so he would just TEAR through them lmao

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I think if Miami were to make the Finals it’s a kind of pick your poison type of situation. With the Spurs they will run on your a$$ and still play in the half court. They have an overwhelming advantage with TP and TD. The only thing with that is if they get Bosh back they can put him at the 4 and have him abuse Diaw. Now with the Thunder Westbrook will have his way with the PGs. Ibaka always does a nice job defending Bosh and Thabo can lock Wade down. Either way it’ll be very difficult for them to win.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    If OKC get’s to the finals though…if bosh is back the heat can take them. Bosh can draw Ibaka out of the middle and pump fake him into foul trouble, and haslem can do the same to perkins, while Joel Anthony Muscles him up. This would open up crazy penetration for Wade and Lebron can still shoot those floaters over either Perkins or Ibaka. Plus OKC’s front court is almost as small as the heat’s and they’re not real offensive threats. The heat mostly only really struggle with teams w/ low post threats. The heat don’t have to worry about perkins beating them. All of OKC’s offensive threats are in the backcourt which is where the Heat’s best defenders are. Lebron is still better than KD. and he can give him trouble and KD can’t stop him. Wade is playing like the finals MVP he is. which means he can guard westbrook(basically a younger light skinned version of himself). Lebron, Wade and Miller will see time on Harden. all should be able to give him a little trouble. also spoestra might be just a TAD smarter than brooks. this is the best matchup for the heat IMO.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Datkid Spo is a way better coach than Brooks. He may be late making adjustments but he makes them. Good point about Bosh drawing Ibaka from the rim. They could put him in the short corner while they have multiple button hook curls to the paint. Harden is the difference maker for me though. Yea you could put Bron or Wade on him(Wade will see him the most) but then if Bron guards him who checks KD? Who checks Russ? Someone will be getting off. If this series were to happen who you got in how many games?

  • T-Money

    there is no doubt in my mind that san antonio will beat okc. that offense is way too rudimentary.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Call me crazy but I think SA would be a better matchup for MIA (if they make it there) than OKC. MIA is good enough defensively to slow down SA’s offense and the spurs don’t play defense like they used to do during their first 4 championship runs.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    JT you’re crazy
    Jk you actually have a good point. The key thing the Heat would have to do is keep Parker from driving to the basket. Easier said then done but if he gets those open lanes it spells trouble for them.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I really think San Antonio is going to be OKC too.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Scott Brooks deserves credit for implementing the worst offense while having the best offensive players in the Western Conference.

  • LA Huey

    I like how talking heads never note how “rudimentary” the Thunder offense is but LOVE to bring up the Heat’s halfcourt offense.
    Sidenote: Since #GoldSwagger is done for the season, if the Celtics advance, I hope they bring out the #OldSwagger

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    T-Ray. Battier is probably gonna check whoever is least hot at the moment, unless Wade or Bron is tired. so if harden goes off maybe lebron starts checking him while Battier, who along with tony allen, did a fairly decent job on KD last years playoffs, checks on to KD. I like the idea of the short curls. IMO the series goes 7. if the heat execute correctly It could go 5 or 6 but that’s just not gonna happen. plus I can’t honestly see KD and Westbrook losing to Lebron and Wade in anything less than 6.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    I feel you J.taylor.. but at the same the spurs have too many excellent 3 point shooters for me to want them to play the heat. I think this year and last year Miami was actually incredible against the spurs. I remember last year the spurs actually destroyed them one game and then Miami came back and blew them out. I’m curious as to what Miami’s record has been against them this season though. Scott brooks is horrible. I wish Rick Adeleman or somebody coached OKC and/or the heat.. they’d be so much more fun to watch.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I once noted on twitter that the virtual bball world would probably become more tolerable once the yellow/purple “team” got eliminated. This was during game 3 of their series with OKC.
    Thought that would even be more of the case if Miami somehow lost to a Pacers team that totally lost it’s identity and substituted execution for bravado.
    Well isn’t it a nice surprise to see this TPU devoid of the i-hate-Lebron brigade that usually shows up to gloat everytime he fails or loses. Dominant series wins will do that to irrational people.
    Happy to see Flash back in form (showing your coach up like that still uncool D) but they will need Bosh back at some point soon.
    Spurs in 6 by the way, Pop’s team has some wily cats on it and confidence is supreme.

  • http://anba.com LazyBalls

    Miami steamrolled when they met this season. Spurs an easier matchup for Miami.

  • http://anba.com LazyBalls

    Miami steamrolled when they met this season. Spurs an easier matchup for Miami.

  • http://anba.com LazyBalls

    Oops…computer issues. As I was saying, Miami steamrolled the Spurs when they met this season. I think the Spurs are an easier matchup for the Heat than OKC. OKC can match Miami in speed, athleticism and (almost) talent. Meanwhile, the Spurs’ slow, methodical, half-court game is tailor-made for Miami to exploit. With such a slow half-court game, it is easy for Miami to set their stifling defense, get in the passing lane for the steal, resulting in an easy fast-break. The Spurs don’t have enough speed to stop the fast-break easy baskets. Don’t believe me? See Exhibit A – Spurs v. Heat Jan. 17 of this year…beatdown.

  • Conoro

    San Antonio will win the championship. It does not matter who they face.

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