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May 17, 2014

Heat, Pacers eager for next playoff battle

James: 'Two best teams in the Eastern Conference. It's that simple."

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Holding at home 
Indiana finished the regular season with the best home record in the league (35-6). It hasn’t
 helped the Pacers at all in the playoffs. Indiana is 3-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, giving away home-court advantage Game 1 losses in each of the first two series. Indiana knows it can’t do that this time. “We can’t allow ourselves to come out flat,” George said. “Whatever it is, we’ve got to find it and come out with energy— treat this one like it’s Game 7.”
Wading through
Miami played it safe with Wade all season, giving his problematic knees extra rest so he could excel in the playoffs. So far, that decision has paid dividends. He has played in all nine games, averaged 17.9 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field. If Wade continues playing this way, it could spell trouble for Indiana. But this may be his biggest challenge.
De-Fense
There is a lot of star power in this series, but ultimately, it will come down to defense. Indiana had one of the league’s stingiest defenses all season. Not surprisingly, the Pacers have won in the postseason, too, when they’ve been solid defensively. Miami might not have the defensive reputation of the Pacers, but they’ve played well enough to win eight of nine playoff games — and good enough to have beaten the Pacers in their last two playoff series.
 

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