It wasn’t always pretty. Heck, sometimes it was just downright ugly for the Indiana Pacers, but they still got the job done. After some inconsistent basketball, being pushed to seven games by the eighth seed in an incredibly weak Eastern Conference, and sputtering down the home stretch of the season, they get the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
They did it by knocking off the Washington Wizards in Game 6, a game where the Wizards were actually favored to win the game. Indiana looked awful in Game 5 on their home floor (a closeout game obviously), so many thought that they were back to their old ways. We saw once again that if the Pacers are able to focus and play the style of basketball that we know they’re capable of, they are a seriously dangerous team.
The Heat were able to sweep a Charlotte Bobcats team who saw their dominating big man suffer a torn plantar fasciitis, and then take down a Brooklyn Nets team who had their number during the regular season, sweeping the season series 4-0. The Heat look to be ready to roll, but are they really ready?
We talk so much about the Pacers and their issues and struggles (rightfully so), but the Heat have their own issues. It took 49 points from LeBron James to squeeze out a win against the Nets just two games ago, and it seems to consistently be James….and then Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
I say it like that, because Wade and Bosh just haven’t been the contributors that we’re used to seeing over the last three seasons, and it’s cause for concern in Miami. The Heat have James though, but this is what the Pacers wanted all along, and you can bet that if they looked lackadaisical before, they won’t against the Heat.
The Pacers wanted the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, and they got them. So what are they going to do when things finally get underway? This has all the makings of yet another incredible 2014 NBA Playoff series.