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2013 NBA Playoffs: Indiana Pacers’ Frank Vogel Needs Superior Coaching Performance To Rescue Team

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel now has to dig deep down and come up with the coaching performance of his life to get the team back into the NBA Eastern Conference series with the Miami Heat.

Even if he does, it might not be enough.

The Heat played on all cylinders Sunday in defeating the Pacers 114-96 and taking away all the momentum Indiana had built by virtue of one win and a one-point loss to the Heat. Based on this performance, most observers are saying this series is over and they might be right.

Vogel has to regroup his players, go after the Heat the same way they did in the first two games, and get every player to step it up a notch for Game 4, taking that contest almost like it was the final game of the season.

Vogel and the Pacers had been effective the first two games by letting LeBron James score his points and stopping everyone else, but that didn’t happen this time. The Heat tore apart some of the best defense the Pacers put on them, and Vogel was helpless to sit on the bench and watch everything.

It’s not likely the Pacers can win two games in Miami, so obviously they’re going to have to take Game 4. Indy shot better in 3-pointers than the Heat but worse in two-point field goals. If the Pacers don’t shoot 50 percent or better from the floor Tuesday night, forget it.

Vogel has to perfect certain aspects of his team’s game and hope the Heat aren’t as hot as they were Sunday. It’s a long shot, but it’s still worth a try.