May 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) and guard Ray Allen (34) celebrate their win over the Brooklyn Nets in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 96-94. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Must Win? Imperative for Heat to Steal Game 2 From Pacers


The cliché nature of the NBA Playoffs is that you’ll hear how pivotal each game is in a series. Doesn’t matter if it’s Game 1, 3, or 7 you’ll hear the hype about how important a particular game is.

So naturally, it is imperative that Miami captures Game 2 tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

This is true for a number of reasons.

1) In addition to the Heat achieving their goal of taking back home court, they capture what could be the only victory they need away from AmericanAirlines Arena.

May 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts after the Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 96-94. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

What I mean by that is, with a win tonight the Heat would tie the series 1-1. If they defend home court, they’re up 3-1 heading back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 5. Then, regardless of if they win or lose in Indiana, they can close out the series at home in Game 6 and advance to the Finals.

2) Second, the Pacers have had an outstanding road record this postseason and have won in Miami in EACH of the last two post seasons. That being said, it could be the PACERS who take a 3-1 series lead when the Eastern Conference Finals shifts back to Indiana for Game 5.

That’s not to say the Heat couldn’t rally back from a 3-1 hole, but Heat fans would much rather be on the positive end of that 3-1 result rather than be placed in a situation where their backs are against the wall.

The important thing to realize is this, since the Big 3 got together in the summer of 2010, they have NEVER lost the first two games of a playoff series…

…and personally I’m not ready for the Heat to start now.

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