On Tuesday night, the Indiana Pacers will play host to the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat in what could be a preview for this season’s Eastern Conference Finals. Games between these two have been very exciting and fun to watch the past couple seasons, and tonight’s contest in Indy should be no different.
The Eastern Conference might not look too promising at the moment, but the two teams atop the conference in Indiana and Miami have looked incredible early on. Indiana is rocking an 18-3 record while Miami isn’t far behind at 16-5. The two leaders of these teams have had terrific seasons thus far and are both MVP candidates at the moment. It’s of course premature to pick an MVP right now, but Paul George and LeBron James seem more worthy than most from how they’ve performed throughout the first 21 games of the season.
This matchup has been intriguing ever since the Eastern Conference Finals last season. George and James went back and forth trying to propel their team into the NBA Finals. The experienced James won, but George is hungrier and better than ever and is fighting to get back to where they were last season with hopes of defeating the Heat and moving on to the Finals. Well, it all starts tonight in what should be an epic matchup.
Both players are fairly different in how they play offensively, which makes the battle even more interesting to watch. James looks to facilitate more, but he can score whenever and however he needs to. George is more accustomed to shooting, and boy is he good at it. All I hope to see whether it’s tonight, next Wednesday in Miami, or in Game 7 of the conference finals, is a shootout between these two because when two stars get into a shootout with each other, no matter what sport you’re watching, it’s always a good time.
I think George has the better game tonight. His confidence is through the roof right now and he showed that on his team’s West coast road trip where he averaged 29.8 points, two steals per game, and shot 49 percent in five games. Also, as a young player, George rides off energy, and when he makes plays and the crowd makes noise he has the potential to just go off. Indiana is undefeated at home and losing to their arch rival should be enough motivation for the crowd to provide a lot of energy for George and his teammates to feed off of.