The Indiana Pacers begged to get the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and now that their wish has come true, they’re starting to realize the daunting task ahead of them. While Indiana has proven in the last few games that they’re no push over, so too have the Heat demonstrated that they’re a nearly impossible team to beat.
One aspect of the Pacers that is being compared to the Heat is the bench play and how improved Indiana is from a year ago. But as Ira Winderman points out, the heat are just dominant in their starting five and may not even give the Pacers bench a fighting chance, no matter how hot a streak they may be on.
I wouldn’t overstate a Pacers bench that in one game against the Wizards produced a grand total of two points. No, this is LeBron vs. Paul George, Wade vs. Lance Stephenson, Bosh vs. David West. If the Heat win those matchups, everything else will fall into place, whether Norris Cole, Rashard Lewis and James Jones are producing or not.
If the Pacers are going to try and flaunt their recent win streak in the face of Heat fans as some sort of evidence that they’re legitimate, then the Heat can use the facts to say that Indiana has a 1 in 9 chance of beating them since Miami is 9-1 in the postseason.