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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 You can follow him @EricNEllington


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