The Indiana Pacers worked all season to ensure that a Game 7 against the Miami Heat would be on their own court, but unfortunately that looks impossible based on their play of late. By dropping Game 2 at home, the Pacers put themselves in a tough position; they couldn’t come back home down 3-1, yet here they are.
Being a team that is known for its defensive toughness, the Pacers seemed out of their element in Miami and the Heat took full advantage. Coming back home now, the Pacers are in do-or-die scenario in which one more loss will result in their season coming to an end.
The next two days will be filled with every media outlet saying this series is over even if Indiana can manage to take Game 5, and you cannot blame them for saying that. Winning three straight games against the Heat is one of the closest things to impossible as you can’t imagine LeBron James will let that happen.
The Pacers seemed to weather poor first-half play by going into halftime only down four points in Game 4; Chris Bosh seemed to be unstoppable scoring 17 points in the first half. The Heat came out in the second and really put their foot on the petal seeming to just overmatch the Pacers and take complete control of this series.
One game at a time has to be the mentality now as taking Game 5 and then somehow finding a way to win in Game 6 could turn things drastically around. Obviously that is a long ways away as the present moment for this team looks very dim. For a season that started with some much hope, it could all end for the Pacers Wednesday night. Paging Paul George.