By winstonharris on May 26, 2014
The Indiana Pacers have been an interesting team this season. They were thought to be the only team that could challenge the Miami Heat, after taking them to seven games in last year's Eastern Conference Finals. This year, it looks like they may not even make it through five games. Have a look at five reasons why they will have trouble in Game 4.
The inability to create for himself makes George Hill a liability on offense. He makes the defensive job of Miami way too easy, because he can only catch and shoot or go straight to the basket. Both have not been extremely effective and hurt the Pacers' offense.
The antics of Lance Stephenson are two-sided. He provides great energy and fearlessness, but those qualities put the Pacers at a disadvantage as well. He can get so caught up in his emotions that he fails to realize some of his shots are out of rhythm and forced. If he can't control his fire, the Pacers will get burned by the Heat.
The enigma that is Roy Hibbert continues to unravel. Hibbert can be a beast at times, but not in crunch time. In Game 3, Hibbert looked like he wanted no part of the pressure that was mounting from the comeback staged by Miami. I wouldn't be surprised if another zero point and zero rebound game was witnessed in this series.
The feud between Lance Stephenson and LeBron James has seemed to be the fuel that Miami needed to turn up their level of play (not that they really needed it). Stephenson thinks he has gotten into LeBron's head, but it seems like the other way around after Game 3.
Paul George is a rising superstar in the NBA, but this series proves how far he has to go. No matter how hard he tries, it appears as though he cannot just take a game over by himself. And since it doesn't look like Reggie Miller is going to come off the sidelines to help, the Pacers are in trouble because George just can't get it done.
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