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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  69 responses

Miami Heat Crush the Indiana Pacers to Reach the NBA Finals


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Despite all of the hype and buildup heading into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the battle turned out to be a dud.

The Miami Heat were never seriously challenged, as they sent the Indiana Pacers home for the summer, blowing them out 99-76.

LeBron James was the catalyst as usual (32 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists), and after imploring his teammates to step up, they rose to the challenge. Dwyane Wade (21 points, 9 rebounds) and Ray Allen (10 points off the bench) helped James deliver the final blow.

Per the AP:

“They’re just an amazing group of guys,” Heat managing general partner Micky Arison said after handing the East trophy to Chris Andersen. “They’ve given us an incredible season so far, but it’s a long way from over.” It could have ended on Monday, of course. The Heat had alternated wins and losses with the Pacers in the first six games of the series, and were coming off their worst offensive outing of the year in Game 6. They responded with a rout, despite shooting just under 40 percent, well below their norm. “By any means necessary … we took care of business,” James said.

Miami led by as many as 28 points, a shocking amount for a series that had an aggregate score of Heat 569, Pacers 564 entering Monday night. The Heat actually trailed by six in the early going, were still down 21-19 after the first quarter and it was starting to look like it was starting to look like one of those down-to-the-wire nights. Not even close. “You never want to take anything for granted,” Wade said. “Being here three straight years in a row, going back to the finals, is an amazing feat. I’m just glad we were able to do it. Everything that happened in the first six games didn’t mean anything to us. It was about tonight. It was about Game 7. It was about finding a way to win here at home.”

Now, it’s on to the NBA Finals, where the San Antonio Spurs are well rested and patiently waiting.

Back in 2007, after the Spurs had swept the Cleveland Cavaliers for the title, Tim Duncan prophetically told LeBron James that it was only a matter of time until the League would be his. James says he’s now a vastly better player:

“I’m a much better player,” James said Monday, thinking back to the last time he saw the Spurs. “I’m 20, 40, 50 times better than I was in ’07.”

Duncan and the Spurs will find out just how true this is, starting on Thursday night.

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  • Ant

    NBA ECF = WWE Raw (just as fixed)

  • monkeyball

    So sad. One of the greatest series in years and you can’t even enjoy it.

  • R32

    When Miami decides to turn it up, they are unstoppable. 2-Peat on its way.

  • Sizzle

    Classic cop out excuse. If Heat lose you claim it’s all LeBron’s fault. They won and now it’s rigged. Did the decision really hurt you that bad?

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Seems that way. It’s a shame people are so filled with hate today with all the social media bashing of these athletes (especially LeBron) that a lot of them are taking his talents as well as the Heat’s talents for granted.

  • bike

    Wade played great last night but it left me wondering; where has he been this series? Was he simply saving himself up for a do or die situation?

  • pposse
  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    horrible game, i atleast wanted a close game

  • berkamore

    LeBron James: 16 free throws. (Heat attempted 38 overall)

    Indiana Pacers: 20 free throws.

    Overall, the Heat got 33 points from free throws (out of 99 points, so ONE THIRD of its points) vs 14 for Indiana (out of 76 so only 18.5% of its points). And that’s a 19 point differential for Miami, which won by………23.

    Just out of curiosity, I looked up the free throw attempts for the series.

    Game 1: Miami 25, Indiana 32 Miami won

    Game 2 Miami 26, Indiana 32 Indiana won

    Game 3 Miami 28, Indiana 44 Miami won

    Game 4 Miami 27, Indiana 33 Indiana won

    Game 5 Miami 12, Indiana 15 Miami won

    Game 6 Miami 19, Indiana 18 Indiana won

    Game 7 Miami 38 Indiana 20. Miami won

    Game 7 is the one game that has the LARGEST free throw discrepancy: 18 AND a victory for the team that shot the most free throws (the second largest discrepancy, 16, was in game 3 in Indiana’s favor but Miami WON that game)

    But here is the killer: Miami averaged about 23 free throw attempts a game vs 29 for Indiana in the first 6 games. The FT attempt tally in game 7? Miami 38, Indiana 20.

    Just saying……LOL.

  • Max

    What are you trying to say?
    That Miami shot more ft’s?

  • Reality Slinger

    NBA? or WWE ? FAKEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Dagger

    So you’re saying that the game was rigged. Which is idiotic. In game 7 the Heat were extremely aggressive from the start and, if anything, I thought they deserved a few more calls along the way. But thank you for providing a perfect example of why statistics should be carefully contextualized to be useful.

  • berkamore

    I’m just looking at the facts. As the rest of it, I just don’t know enough to say ANYTHING.

  • berkamore

    Never said the game was rigged. When you say stuff like that, you better be able to prove it.

    I am just stating the facts. Now look up everything that is in my post and tell me where I made a mistake.

  • Dagger

    I was sitting pretty close to this embarrassment when the Raptors played the Heat earlier this year. After texting on his phone all game he tossed up a half court shot during a timeout, then received a custom jersey from the mascot. He left about five minutes before the game ended, along with his pimply entourage.

    Not only was he wearing a Raptors hat during the game, but after the game the Raptors players were singing his praises. If there was a low point to a depressing season for me, that was it.

  • doug heffernan

    wade always does this.i am also wondering about his knee issues,sometimes it seems like hes bothering him and then theres times like that game7..

  • Dagger

    So you’re just regurgitating free throw numbers and cackling about them? That’s . . . great.

  • speedy

    What the hell.

  • BirdmanistheBirdMan

    If the pacer’s didn’t want the Heat to shoot so many FTs, they should have figured out how to guard LeBron without fouling him on every shot he takes in the paint, or just gave him the layups/dunks without contesting him. Dude honestly gets fouled on every drive, called or not, flopped or not. And the way Wade was going to the rack last night, of course the Heat are going to go to the line. I think the bigger anomaly is that Hibbert didn’t foul out in half the games, cuz dude’s a hack, as he showed all season. Conspiracy theorists and haters be damned!

  • Ant

    Players are never a part of the rigging…Certain ppl are communicated to as to who should get calls, and who should eventually be the victor. Feel free to believe that its all about talent, and LeBron if you’d like, that’s your prerogative.

  • Ant

    That’s an assumption….and we all know what you do when you assume.

  • Max

    Cool.

  • Sizzle

    Explain what part of the game was rigged? I guarantee you throw the free throw discrepancy at me. If you watched any part of that game, you’ll notice that Miami constantly and consistently attacked the paint area. They did not do this at all really in the first 6 games (Wade especially). I would be more willing to entertain your viewpoint if the game was close and came down to a few controversial calls, but this was a blowout. Oh wait, those controversial calls you are referencing came in games 4 and 6….My bad

  • LP @ThisisEther

    There is a reason for the discrepancy. Indiana FAILED TO ATTACK THE BASKET AND FAILED TO CONSISTENTLY and effectively feed the post. Some of th e worst POST PASSING I’ve seen in my life!!!

  • LP @ThisisEther

    But you got this…

  • berkamore

    You point is…………what exactly?

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Not bashing you but what was your point here? If your point was that free throws ultimately were the deciding factor in this series I would have to agree with you. I felt in Game 7 the Pacers settled for long contested jumpers rather than attacking the Heat as they did in previous games. Miami came out in attack mode hence why they attempted more free throw IMO.

  • berkamore

    You know what? You may be right. Maybe the officiating wasn’t consistent. If LeBron gets beat up when he goes into the paint, he definitely should get his calls every time. Not just in game 7.

    My whole point is that I just had to scratch my head because those numbers were just……….a little weird. As to why they are, it’s anybody’s guess really.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Kanye needs to release a new album with a new style so people stop wearing all this leather.

  • berkamore

    Point is simply that I looked at the box score and the free throw discrepancy jumped at me and I did a little digging.

    Again, I am going to repeat that I am not saying ANYTHING but those are just numbers that are difficult to ignore.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Indiana was not aggressive last night. Miami was ultra aggressive.
    .
    The aggressive team won every game in this series except game 1

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Gotcha. I wasn’t implying conspiracy from you just wanted to know.

  • Feez_22

    what are you saying exactly?

    Miami was the more aggressive team on all fronts which is why they won the free throw battle by that margin. in fact, lebron attacked the pacers all night which is why he alone shot 16 free throws. wade attacked too and got 7. both had 8 and 8 rebounds respectively and both outscored the pacers big 3 combined in the paint.

    Indiana avg more free throws through the duration of the series because they outrebounded (especially offensive rebounds) and dominated the paint against the heat. The heat outrebounded the pacers this time (43-36) had more offensive rebounds (15-8) and more points in the paint. There is absolutely no conspiracy or hint of such here… esp since this game was a complete blowout.

    If you want to look at a conspiracy, go check out the stats from pacers/knicks game 6. There, you will find that indiana outrebounded the knicks 43-36, won the paint battle and won the game (106-99) yet won the free throw battle 48-16. they shot 32 more free throws than the knicks in what turned out to be a 7 point game. Yet… on the slam post there i didn’t see a person like you post anything like what you did here.

    LOL

  • LakeShow

    My girlfriend and I put it on slow motion and just laughed at the little lesbian.

    I miss the days of the Hansen brothers.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    These are the times man. It’s a sad reality.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Did you really call him a lesbian? I hope you don’t say that ish on Twitter he’s got a whole army on there lol

  • PatRileyistheMan

    I agree. The only conclusion I can draw from the FT attempts per game vs. victor data is that there is no correlation, and the game’s weren’t determined by who shot more freethrows.

  • LakeShow

    Haha, Twitter…
    I use my girls FB occasionally to look up an artist.
    I’m BIG on social media lol.

  • berkamore

    Let me just repeat it, I pointed out something that jumped at me when I saw the boxscore. I just don’t have enough info to know WHY that happened. And a lot of points that people made on these threads make sense. I mean, who knows really?

    As for the Knicks, you are right, I didn’t look at those stats. (I don’t follow EVERY playoff series that closely) but your point is well taken.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I have so many Twitter fangirls that follow me man it’s ridiculous. I agree though I normally don’t hate celebrities but this guy is a douche and a giant turd.

  • Dagger

    Normally when you present information in a public forum, it is accompanied with an argument. Especially when you present that information with an emotional reaction. In other words, people are assuming that you thought the series was rigged, not because they misread your post, but because you did not present your information in the way you apparently intended.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    but you got this….

  • LP @ThisisEther

    playing possum….

  • spit hot fiyah

    thanks

  • Feez_22

    ok fair enough.

  • MUBWAR

    you forget the fact that the worst rebounding team in the league during the season(heat) beat up the pacers(best rebounding team) on the defensive and offensive glass in game 7. add that to the fact that indiana 21 TO to the heat’s 11. just a few more facts 4 u

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ^ ether

  • MUBWAR

    huh?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • fruizm

    Are you talking about “Mmmbop!”?? hahaha!

  • LakeShow

    yeah, I just wish that they were still the gayest thing…

  • bike

    Is he wearing lip gloss???

  • AQWORD

    i’d b!t(h slap his baby doo doo a$$ !

  • berkamore

    Not sure I follow you. Let me remake that point, I didn’t draw any conclusion. You should show me where my “emotional reaction” is. I am not trying to make a sale here. My question was: “How about it?” (Between you, I and the lampost, there is no wrong answer to this question because we can only speculate. LOL)

    Even gonna come clean here, I don’t particularly care about either team so I really don’t have a dog in this fight. And no, I don’t hate LeBron, I actually like him.

    My point all along was that if you look at the box score, there is just a glaring imbalance in free throws. That’s it. Never tried to interpret it and whatnot. Could be bad officiating, could be that the Heat were more aggressive like some people said. But I am just saying that it sticks out. That’s about it.

  • Melvin flynt

    haha haters miami did it game 7!!!..- lebrons too great!!!! there to stick a fork in the spurs in finals!!.. maybe next year pacer heat haters!!..

  • berkamore

    How does it change the fact that there was a free throw imbalance?

    Did I say anywhere that the free throw imbalance was the only reason why Miami won?

    I am quite sure the Heat had to do a tad more than just shoot free throws to win game 7. But what do i know…………

  • Melvin flynt

    flash DWADE SHOWED U ALL WHAT TIME IT IS!! BLOW IT OUT UR A HOLE HATERS..

  • Junkie

    you have a lot to learn about trolling.

  • Junkie

    I do feel like some games are fixed but last night was not one of those games. Miami did a great job of finally attacking Hibbert and forcing fouls from the Pacers that was all. Their aggression won the game and Pacers couldn’t reciprocate, nothing rigged about that.

  • underdog

    Man, I was rooting so hard for the Pacers, but the Heat was clearly better this time. James simply didn’t let Gearge play. Like at all. DWade at last decided to show up. Plus, Vogel was pulling out tricks from his sleve like putting David West on Ray Allen… I mean, you can’t beat the chamsps like this at their home. I liked Stephenson’s and Hill’s game, though but the big picture was sad. Indiana has a young team, I hope they manage to keep the core together, and find a way to deal with Granger. So time to go on. Needless to say: go Spurs!

  • speedy

    What did you really want to say????
    Don’t post if there is no conclusion or opinion. We all can look up stats on our own.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    pure garbage

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    haha random

  • AlbertBarr

    “I just don’t have enough info to know WHY that happened.”

    So you didn’t watch the game is what you are saying.

  • giovanni dennis

    Oooh who’s the cute chick?

  • ThaWindy

    Hard to be aggressive when the refs are calling fouls on you..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, shocking coming from you

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    The Heat were great when they needed to be. But they weren’t consistent enough to beat the Spurs playing like that. Pacers give up that game one to Lebron. Awesome play. We all know what happened after. It could have changed the series but the Heat are obviously a better team. Finals are going to be epic. I hoping for Spurs in 6.
    Pop knows how to work the officiating. That said, if it goes 7 the Heat take it.

  • berkamore

    Yeah, that must be something along those lines. LOL.

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