The Indiana Pacers will return to the site of the 2013 demise with at least one win under their belt and possibly two, as they took Game 1 on Sunday afternoon with relative ease against Miami. But this has many begging the question of whether or not the Heat laid a dud or if the Pacers truly beat them.
It’s something that Ira Winderman from the Sun-Sentinel ponders as he lays out points that seem to suggest Miami just had a bad afternoon and Indiana took advantage.
LeBron James’ early turnovers set somewhat of a tone, and the Heat kept looking for an easy way out. Even if he’s not making shots, Bosh has to give you more than two rebounds. And while he did tie for team high with five assists and even successfully challenged Roy Hibbert once, far more consistency is needed from Chalmers. The overall effort was lacking; the Heat’s defensive numbers say as much.
The bottom line is, the Heat need to play better basketball in Game 2 — plain and simple. The Pacers may be better than we expected, but the Heat are still better and looked nothing like the dominant team we saw in the first two rounds on Sunday in Game 1.