By Scott Agness
The Pacers hold a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat, but they aren’t content. As the top seed, they did exactly what they’re supposed to do and having an early series lead only helps in their quest to dethrone the two-time defending NBA Champions. And that’s just how they expect the Heat to respond, like champions.
After their 11-point victory Sunday afternoon, the Pacers were proud of the effort shown and the play they got out of so many different guys.
The free throw disparity favored the Pacers, the more active and aggressive team. They were 29-of-37 at the line whereas the Heat went just 10-of-15.
After reviewing the game Monday morning, Pacers coach Frank Vogel liked their aggressiveness and ball movement. That was indicative in their 23 assists on 40 field goals. They attacked the Heat off the bounce, screened well, and caught Miami in situations that were in the Pacers’ favor.
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Outside of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat didn’t get much out of their starters. Chris Bosh was ineffective in his 32 minutes on the floor. Indiana was comfortable early, hitting shots and taking advantage of mismatches particularly off pick-and-rolls.
If the Pacers can win on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the series, which has a three-day break before Game 3, it’ll go a long way towards them returning the favor and ending the Heat’s season.
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