Post-Game Grades: Miami Heat Drop Game 1 to Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers 107, Miami Heat 96

Recap | Box Score

LeBron James: B

11-18 FG (1-5 3FG), 2-2 FT, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers, 25 points

LeBron had an on-and-off night, looking like the full-court player he is with steals and buckets in transition, but also giving up some backdoor cuts after lapses on defense. If we learned anything this postseason, mortal LeBron isn’t going to be enough.

 

Dwyane Wade: B+

12-18 FG (1-1 3FG), 2-3 FT, 1 rebounds, 4 assists,  3 turnovers, 27 points

One of Wade’s best games of the postseason was wasted in a game when almost no one else got going. Before tonight, the Heat had been 24-2 in playoff games when Wade shoots better than 50 percent. That stat didn’t matter much tonight.

 

Chris Bosh: C-

4-12 FG (0-5 3FG), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 9 points

It was almost as if a force field had been set up around the hoop every time Bosh shot from three. They just weren’t falling tonight. Because of his importance to the spacing on the floor, that’s the sort of thing that has an effect on the entire team in this matchup. If Bosh can get his jumper to fall, the Heat will be in much better position.

 

Chris Andersen: B+ 

6-7 FG, 2-2 FT, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 14 points

Andersen always tends to get points against the Pacers and was one of the few highlights of the night. Andersen has a tendency to take advantage of the spacing and find opening in the paint, where his teammates can get him the ball on backdoor cuts for easy layups and dunks. The Heat will continue to exploit this.

 

Miami Heat: B

40-78 (6-23 3FG), 10-15 FT, 29 rebounds to Indiana’s 38, 23 assists to Indiana’s 23, 11 turnovers to Indiana’s 12

In there two playoff losses, the Heat are a combined 14-47 (29.7%) from three-point range. Miami needs the three-ball to fall, especially against a Pacers team that they want to space out. The most lop-sided stat, however, came from the free-throw line. The Pacers were 29-37 with the Heat just 10-15. Miami needs to attack the basket more and be more careful on defense.

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