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Miami Heat will face Indiana Pacers in Eastern Conference Finals


 

It’s official — the Miami Heat will play the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. This will be a rematch of last year’s playoffs, when the Heat narrowly escaped the Pacers in six games after being down 1-2.

After the Pacers finished off the New York Knicks, the crowd began chanting “Bring on Miami! Bring on Miami!”

And we all know the saying — be careful what you wish for.

The Indiana Pacers do have size, speed ,and strength at virtually every position. And the Pacers certainly play a physical brand of basketball, and have a legitimate low-post scoring threat in Roy Hibbert and David West, as well as an up-and-coming star in Paul George.  However, as talented as they are they lack a proven, bonafide superstar (Paul George went to the All-Star Game for the first time this year).

In the regular season, the Pacers finished 2-1 against the Heat. Here are some numbers from the series:

 

Miami Heat VS Indiana Pacers
90.3 PPG 93.3
48% FG 44
43% 3-PT FG 39
29.7 RPG 40.7
12.3 Turnovers 14.7

Not gonna lie: it’s gonna be a tough series to say the least. The Heat will need to have their “A” game if they expect to advance to the NBA Finals — and don’t worry Heat Nation — MVP LeBron James, Dwyane Wade fresh off his prom, and rest of the Miami Heat will be ready for this daunting test. Get ready for this series — it will be epic. The schedule is listed below:

Game 1

MIAMI – Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Wed., May 22

Game 2

MIAMI -Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Fri., May 24

Game 3

INDIANA – Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Sun., May 26

Game 4

INDIANA =Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Tue., May 28

Game 5 (TBD)

MIAMI -Time: 8:30 p.m. ET, Thu., May 30

Game 6 (TBD)

INDIANA – Time: 8:30 p.m. ET, Fri., June 1

Game 7 (TBD)

MIAMI – Time: 8:30 p.m. ET, Mon., June 3
TV, streaming info: TNT

 Eric N. Ellington covers the Miami Heat for Fansided.com. You can follow him @EricNEllington

 

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  • MissKristy

    I say Heat in five. Win both home games. One on the road. Close ‘em out at home. These pacers are going to learn the difference between the regular season and the playoffs. And, the difference between us and them.