After a disappointing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, the Miami Heat (35-12) head to Indiana to take on the Pacers (28-19) in a potential playoff matchup. Miami handled Indiana well last time they played and I don’t think the Heat will be loafing around at all tonight. Expect Miami to come out strong and try to build a big lead. The problem for the Heat is keeping that lead, and now is the time to learn how to blow a team out instead of letting them come back, which is something the Heat have done several times this season.
Miami is going to be a little tired considering this is the 3rd game of their current road trip, but they will not accept back to back losses. Expect a big game from Miami, all I can say is that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh will bring their A-games. The point guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole need to play better and make more shots. They cannot afford to be streaky in the playoffs.
It’s important that Miami takes care of Roy Hibbert down low. He is a very good rebounder and averages 9 per game. Indiana is a very solid all around team, but they are led but Danny Granger who averages almost 18 points a game. Hibbert and Granger are their best, but the rest of the starting lineuo, Darren Collison, Paul George, and David West all average over 10 points per game. They are complete, but Miami hasn’t had a problem with them in the past.
The Heat need to come out strong because Indiana will be looking to kick the Heat while they’re down. Miami needs to get back on track and end the road trip on a positive note. Tipoff is at 7, be sure to check it out and come back to All U Can Heat for post-game analysis!