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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 9:27 am  |  61 responses

Post Up: South Beach Strong

LeBron and Wade lead the Heat past Indiana in blowout fashion to take a 3-2 series lead.

Heat 115, Pacers 83 (MIA leads 3-2)

If the Heat left some question marks after Game 4 in Indianapolis, the questions were answered in Game 5. The Heat continued their offensive roll in a 32 point blowout win over the Pacers in Miami. The Big Two went for 58 points on a combined shooting effort of 22-36.

After quoting Danny Granger’s antics on the court as “stupid,” LeBron James and the Heat delivered what may very well be a knockout blow to the Pacers in Game 5. The physicality and intensity of the series lifted up a few notches with the flagrant foul on Tyler Hansbrough courtesy of Udonis Haslem. Haslem smacked Hansbrough in the face with two hands while “attempting” to block a Hansbrough shot in the first half. In the final seconds of the game, Dexter Pittman closelined Lance Stephenson and sent Stephenson straight to the floor.

Everything started to steamroll downhill when Danny Granger rolled his ankle on a three-point attempt late in the second quarter. He did not return to the game, but his X-rays came back negative. Granger started the game off with a spark, adding 10 points in only 20 minutes. Paul George ended up as the sole player to eclipse Granger’s 10 point mark for the game, tossing in 11 points in 28 minutes.

As has been the case in all Pacer losses vs. the Heat, the Pacers front court failed to dominate the game. David West and Roy Hibbert combined for 18 points and 16 rebounds on the night, a stat that will not win any games against the Heat. West and Hibbert have not owned the paint like they did in Indy’s two wins this series, and their lack of authority has been the difference in the past two games. The Heat out rebounded the Pacers 49-35 in Game 5, an absolutely inexcusable stat for the Pacers especially with Chris Bosh out of the lineup.

I wrote in the Game 4 recap that if LeBron and Wade kept up their stellar play, the series would not need a seventh game. They not only imposed their will on the scoreboard, but the Heat as a team essentially bullied the Pacers all night long with legal and illegal plays. Their two extremely hard fouls drew criticism from fans, but those two plays were not the only physical plays of the event.

The Pacers seemed to back down physically for most of the game, allowing the Heat to run up and down the court with little to no contention. A team with a great deal more depth should not be allowing a team who plays its superstars 44 minutes a game to turn the contest into a track meet and win the track meet. The Heat do not deserve the NBA Championship crown yet, but they have strung together sustained periods of offensive efficiency and defensive intensity. The bottom line is that David West and Roy Hibbert need to step up and take the game into their hands again. They have no excuse not to each go 15 and 10 the next two games. If they continue their 10-points, 5-rebound games, they will finish the season in Indianapolis this week. —Dave Spahn (@DaveSpahn)

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  • MVP23100

    We complain about the game being soft don’t complain about enforcers now the Pacers have been super physical all series with that being said this thing is over Indy looked defeated mentally last night and Bron Wade have found that groove

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    LMAO! Pacers wanted it….they got it.

  • T-Money

    so are the heat divas or goons, which one is it espn/tnt? people always talk about how the game is soft now and that you could deck guys in the lane in the 90s, well that was your 90s basketball. why is no one happy?

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    The Heat now are just giving it to the Pacers against there will. They are just strong arming the Pacers!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    T-Money….NO ONE in the media has reported on it….but Riley had a closed door meeting with the entire team on Monday when they were back in Miami. After they cancelled practice and media availability, the team was ready to be fractured. Lebron was the catalyst to get game 4 but it was Riles meeting the next day that gave them the chippy edge last night. All one un-named player said was “he said we need to play more physical”. I have my sources. The Heat teams Riley led were always physical and played with an edge. This team hasn’t had that for the better part of two seasons. I think they finally do. No turning back now thanks to some encouragement from the Master.

  • MVP23100

    I wouldn’t mind the Heat taking the identity of those 90′s Riley teams straight dirty f*** friends

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    Yeah, but they can expect to lose Haslem and Pittman. Normally Pittman wouldn’t matter, but Haslem hurts. And now they are even smaller up front. Battier has been decent guarding West but only because they Pacers keep trying to involve him in Pick and Rolls instead of just posting him and flashing Hibbert to the foul line on fronts. Hibbert has made that pass since Georgetown.
    Tyler’s foul on Wade was fine.
    Haslem’s foul on Tyler was cool to me too. It was to say “Don’t hit our big guys like you’re crazy.” That’s old school.
    Pittman crossed the line. He was way out of line.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Last time I checked being more physical doesn’t mean cheap shots to these face and blatant elbows to the neck…

  • T-Money

    i think only pittman gets games. haslem will get a fine.

  • LA Huey

    I hope that’s true, Eboy. I felt that’s what these lesser role players should be doing for Wade, Bosh, and Bron.
    And it was hilarious to find out that the Pacers follow Granger’s lead. All bark, no bite.

  • Feez_22

    The pacers talking sh*t before and during the series started this… Especially vogel and granger. Vogel called them floppers (which they are sometimes) and granger has instigated 3 confrontations (2 with lebron, 1 with wade) so far this series. The pacers wanted a fight… They have it now. I think tyler’s foul on wade was also “fine” but when tyler went on 2 low five admunson (whom btw left haslem bloodied the game before unintentionally) it was Clear that indy was trying to send miami a statement… that they will be the enforcer. Well… 1 minute later, haslem lowered the boom on psycho T and miami went bonkers from there. Wade drove to the rim with agression, Lebron was basically laughing all game (maybe im the only one that caught this) basically taking indiana for a joke while indy’s main fake tough guy granger gets injured and leaves on a cart. Then the goons came in the game… Pittman’s foul imo came from up top. clearly. Indy started this… Indy wanted a dirty series. Well indy, here it is. Sadly for indy, it ends in 6.

  • Feez_22

    by the way, when haslem committed his foul, there is no coincidence to seeing both juwan howard & norris cole clapping the hard foul on the sidelines even as the refs were talking about flagarant/flagarant 2. Miami has sent the message. they will NOT be effed with physically by the pacers. period. Maybe the pacers can keep “talking” (which they are pretty good at… since its all that they do) but when it comes to lowering the boom? as soon as haslem lowered it on psycho T, indy backed down. period.

  • LA Huey

    Psycho T was just a hard foul.
    Haslem responded appropriately with what should be a flagrant 2. Should have been ejected.
    Pittman’s was a dirty flagrant 2. Should be suspended.

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    I don’t think Haslem’s foul should be a suspension. The commentators were comparing it to Artest’s wind up elbow… seriously?
    Pittman’s closeline is definitely a suspension though. You can tell the kids a rookie, didn’t even attempt to hide it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I thought Haslem went a little too far but I don’t think he will get ejected.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zrGCPEUtvk&feature=g-u-u Feez_22

    but ya…i agree with LA Huey on this. Haslem will be suspended, pittman will be suspended for a while. Pittman’s foul was very dangerous. If you look at the play (click my name), lance not only was elbowed but almost broke his left leg. look at how his leg twisted… im surprised his knee didn’t snap or leg didn’t snap. Thats a very dangerous foul. Haslem got psycho T good as well but man… Stephenson could have had a career threatening injury there. Thankfully, his leg is OK. lets c if he has a broken collar bone.

  • Salty

    Nah Huey, Haslem didn’t really do anything that bad. Pittman, on the other hand, should face some repercussions. That elbow was ridiculous.

  • LA Huey

    By the way, maybe it’s because of his historic Game 4 but I thought LeBron managed a “quiet” near-triple-double. Those LBJ to Wade and Wade to LBJ throws on the fast break were so gorgeous.

  • MVP23100

    Feez_22 Realist s*** I’ve read all day

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    I said the same thing about his knee last night Feez. That was scary, not to mention the throat action. And then he winked. Stupid little kid.
    But, Haslem’s foul was cool to me. He mostly hit his arm and a little head. If he would have been tossed it would have been fine. But, after the fact isn’t that usually just a fine when they upgrade the flagrant?
    I don’t think Indiana got punked, unlike most folks. I think they just forgot where their advantage lay and decided to employ the Los Angeles Lakers strategy for winning basketball games. Lots of tough contested jumpers.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    I think haslem will probably be fine. I really hope he doesn’t get suspended.

  • Feez_22

    @allenp ya man the lance thing could have been crazy. Ive seen retaliatory fouls before and haslem’s falls in line with that. Basically 1 min after, haslem was like eff this. However, i think indy backed down big time. Ya they were shooting jumpers but after the lance foul, no bench pacer even stood up to protest. They were all just down and gloomy. Maybe that was because they were getting blown out completely but ive seen blown out teams get up and protest stuff like that. I dunno… after that haslem foul to tyler, indy just stopped playing with toughness so 2 say. Thats how it looked 2 me but i could b wrong.

  • Feez_22

    @ LA Huey Ya i recognized that too. It was like lebron was coasting to those numbers. Maybe it was the contrast between wade’s agressive night going 2 the rack every play versus lebron just steadily working his game. However, if u looked closely, lebron was smiling and laughing all game while wade esp after the psycho T foul had a mean mug look on his face. I guess thats why both had such different games but the same result. Lebron and wade both had around 30pts but lebron only went to the line 4 times. can’t say ive seen lebron that happy & joyful in a playoff game in a while. Pretty crazy how a player can coast to a 30-10-8 lol. guess thats why he’s the MVP

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Breaking News….some anonymous person saw Lebron giving a stash of money to Pittman on a dark side of the parking area, and the Davis boys (Dale and Antonio) was inactivated to play for the remaining game/s of the series.

  • http://Slamonline.com GrandDaddyFLASH

    I wanna see these games go dwn

  • R32

    No way Haslem gets suspended for Game 6, league knows this.

  • R32

    Lance Stephenson has a real reason to put his hands around his neck now.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    Indy is just not about that life thou.. its wrap in game 6 / the hunger is their for the heat, their not even talking about them anymore just Okc & that surgical unit they call the spurs.. So i think that a little add to the flame. Haslem was kool , but pittman was just dirt =bynum to JJ

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    thanks for the info eboy. didnt know the heat team held a meeting behind closed doors with riley.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Jeff Foster should un-retire. So should Jamal Magloire. THEN things will get interesting.

  • deafballer

    going off topic here, but there are people on this site who rave about the announcers but last night the annoucing was just plain annoying. Late in the game, they showed a clip of Juan Howard talking to Chalmers. They said Howard was talking about angles and cutting and all that. I’m sorry but that was nowhere near it… Howard was saying something along the lines of “if they make a run right now, we have to be careful”. it just plain bothers me that the announcers assume the know what everyone is talking about.

  • eyal

    I just saw the all defensive teams. Two points. 1) How is the defensive player of the year not first team. 2)WHY IS KOBE ANYWHERE ON THIS LIST ARGHHHH. That said, much respect to T. Allen for finally getting his due.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    How long did it take you to learn to read lips Deaf Baller?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    co-sign T-money first statement.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the all-defensive teams are an absolute joke.
    .
    Kobe got 2nd team…despite giving up more points per 100 possessions then he scored. Read that sentence again and remember who we are talking about. The league leading f*cking scorer.
    .
    - Kobe Bryant’s Offensive Rating – 105
    - Kobe Bryant’s Defensive Rating – 106
    .
    And Too Top It Off – Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose each received an all-defense vote.
    .
    Obviously the coaches don’t watch other teams play outside of film to prepare their own teams. They shouldn’t have all-nba voting rights. it should be given to scouts.

  • LA Huey

    First Team: Dwight, Ibaka, LeBron, TAllen, CP3.
    How does the guy who got DPOY not make the first team?
    Serge effing Ibaka’s (?!?!?) placement really waters down TAllen’s accomplishment. Congrats to TAllen though. Long time coming

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Kobe, Rondo and CP shouldn’t be on there. Iggy should have been on the 1st team and JHoliday should have made the second team.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Iman Shumpert, Avery Bradley, JSmith and SMarion deserved it more than those cats.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Tyson Chandler over Dwight Howard

  • http://nba.com GP23

    ^ not as an overall player.. but just for All-NBA first team 2012

  • deafballer

    @Allenp

    lifestory here: I was born partially deaf so I could still hear and have a normal conversation but I had to have the person facing me so I could put the sound with the movement of their lips. by the time I was 5 i was diagnosed profoundly deaf and was given a cochlear implant. so it took me a very short time to learn to read lips; i can read lips fluently now. and yeah KG probably has the dirtiest mouth in basketball.

  • LA Huey

    deafballer, if you had a blog/tumblr that had posts about what you saw players say during a game, I would love to read it. Especially, trash talk and in-game banter between opposing players.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    NBA 100BC: And as Kevin, son of Garnett was fouled and made the basket, he turned to no one in particular and cursed vehemently. Ray, son of Allen, took him aside and spoke thus, “Brother, must thy mouth be filled with filth. One can surely speak with the meekness of a lamb yet still be as powerful as a lion, you know?” And the son of Garnett pondered over this for a long moment and replied,”Your words have flown true, with the high arch of an arrow and struck me deeply. Henceforth, I shall no longer be a douche.” And Glenn of Louisina rejoiced when he heard this.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    ^Chuch!

  • ChristianBulleN

    LOL yo i literally laughed when i read that.

  • deafballer

    @ L.A Huey

    ahaha maybe ill start it a blog one day :P oh and kobe is allowed to curse the most at the refs without getting t’d up..

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    Man lip reading is such an awesome skill.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    Im happy as long as I don’t have to listen to Reggie Miller

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I’m brilliant at lip reading.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Actually, no… I’m not.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    you gotta make that blog deafballer… PLEASE

  • deafballer

    not going to lie, if I did create the blog not many games would be covered, I live in Quebec and only get the games on TSN which isn’t many.

  • LA Huey

    Datkid will sponsor your League Pass subscription.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Rose was one of the best PG defenders this season. People live in the past and I see perception is reality because he was no longer a poor nor mediocre defender. I’m not saying he was great but he definitely was good enough to where he deserved consideration.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Considering he only played a little more than half the season…..naw.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Playing more than half the season is enough for consideration.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Who’s to say he didn’t get consideration…
    I also want to toss Al Jeff on that all matador team. No matador team is complete without him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ^ NBK was saying he didn’t deserve that one vote he got for the all-defensive team. lol… I was just disputing that, that’s all.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Right Lakeshow. It was tough between him and Bargs. I gave Bargs the nod because he won’t even rebound.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Slick, he didn’t deserve that one vote….because that means he got voted over those other. Better. Defenders.

  • WEASAL

    BTW MIAMI WILL NOT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP UNTIL JUWAN HOWARD RETIRES

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