May 18, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA;Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) argues a call with a referee during the second half of game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana Pacers beat Miami Heat 107 to 96. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Ray Allen Says Pacers Mismatches Can Be Exploited


The Miami Heat find themselves down to the Indiana Pacers through one game in their Eastern Conference Finals series, but not too many in South Beach are sweating the one-game hiccup. While the Pacers are clearly better than we all anticipated they’d be, they’ve merely won a single game in what could end up being a full seven game series.

One weakness the Pacers have that the Heat weren’t fully able to exploit was the mismatch of David West on Ray Allen. The Heat guard pointed it out to the Sun Sentinel and noted that he didn’t think Miami took advantage of the matchup as much as he thought they could.

Per the Sun-Seninel:

When asked if the Heat exploited it enough, Allen said, “not as much as I would have liked.

“It takes their big from underneath the basket. There’s a couple different ways you can look at it. We just have to be patient and just let the offense unfold.”

Stopping the Pacers is a lot easier said than done, and so is getting past their defense. But Allen is on to something when he points out the mismatch and we will see if the Heat can exploit that in Game 2 or if the Pacers shore it up and take that away from Miami.

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