The Heat and Pacers through the years have provided us with compelling storylines, games filled with excitement and tons of star power. Last night, there wasn’t much of that. 7 of the 10 starters in last years playoff meeting were either injured or no longer with the team. Paul George, the Pacers’ best player is out for the year and David West, their second best player, hasn’t suited up all year. But none of that seemed to matter as the starless Pacers demonstrated why this is a team sport.
The Pacers beat Miami in their home floor with a starting line-up of Donald Sloan, Solomon Hill, Chris Copeland, Luis Scola and Roy Hibbert. Who are those other guys? Don’t worry, we don’t know either.
Losing to the Pacers always hurts, but when you lose to THIS Pacers team, it stings a little more than it should.
The Heat played at Indiana’s slowed down tempo, flirted with a couple of leads but ultimately went down to an Indiana squad that has a lot of heart. Lead by Chris Copeland, and Donald Sloan and of course Roy Hibbert, the Pacers were able to take down their arch-nemesis Heat 81-75.
Simply put, the Heat played poorly. There was a collective lack of effort that lead to them being dominated on the boards and second chance points. The Heat had a couple of nice performances from new addition Shawne Williams and D-Wade who combined for 35 points of the team’s total 75. Bosh struggled shooting 3-13, Deng was off shooting as well at 2-10 and the rest of the team didn’t provide much help.
The Heat are now 5-3 with their upcoming games being against the Hawks, Milwaukee and Brooklyn so we should get a better feel on how this team digs down and fights.
Ind: R. Hibbert 16 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk
Mia: D. Wade 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk