5 Things Indiana Pacers Must Do to Upset Miami Heat

5 Things Indiana Pacers Must to do Upset Miami Heat

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It has been a long wait for the Indiana Pacers but the time has finally come for their rematch against the Miami Heat. We all remember the epic battle between these two teams in the Eastern Conference Finals last season and are set to enjoy another classic showdown. Here are five things the Pacers must to do beat Miami.

5. Win the Battle of the Boards

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5. Win the Battle of the Boards

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With their size inside the Pacers should have a distinct advantage on the boards against the Heat and if they are to win this series, they must outrebound Miami. Indiana lost both games when outrebounded by the Heat this season and if Indiana is going to make it to the NBA Finals, it has to do work on the glass.

4. Win at Home

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4. Win at Home

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Last year the Pacers had to play Game 7 on the road in Miami. That's why getting home-court advantage was such a focus during the season. Now they have it and need to take advantage of it. Indiana has struggled at home so far in the playoffs, going 3-4 against Atlanta and Washington. The Pacers can't afford to let Miami win more than once on their home floor or they will be fishing before they know it.

3. Contain Dwyane Wade

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3. Contain Dwyane Wade

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You might think the key to beating the Heat is stopping LeBron James but you would be wrong. James is going to get his points; the best you can hope to do is contain him. Dwyane Wade is the guy Indiana should focus on stopping. Wade played in three games against the Pacers this season, scoring 32 points in one win and averaging just 16 points in two losses. If the Pacers slow down Wade, they can win this series.

2. Roy Hibbert Has to Show Up

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2. Roy Hibbert Has to Show Up

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If the Pacers are going to knock off the Heat, Roy Hibbert has to play like an All-Star. In two wins over Miami this season, Hibbert has averaged 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, in two losses just 5.5 points, and 1.5 rebounds. The Heat don't have a center like Hibbert and if he is on top of his game, it's a big advantage for Indiana.

1. Paul George Has to be Great

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1. Paul George Has to be Great

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In the NBA, the team with the best player usually wins, especially if that player is LeBron James. Indiana's Paul George may not be on James' level but when he is at his best, he's close. He is a tremendous defender and will do his part to slow down James but he must also get it done offensively. George needs to average 20-25 points a game in this series; otherwise, the Pacers can kiss a trip to the Finals goodbye.