Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby CGrand81 on Sat May 18, 2013 8:42 pm

Lets get it on!

Hibbert will play a huge role in this series, Miami has no one to counter him 1 on 1 but LeBron and Wade attack the rim very well, either Hibbert dominates or he'll be in foul trouble chillin on the bench.

Wade's health is another factor.

Still the Heat are too good, too explosive for Indiana's offense to keep up.

I'll go Heat in 5, 6 at the most.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby MadMax on Sat May 18, 2013 11:00 pm

HEAT in 6.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Weezy on Sat May 18, 2013 11:22 pm

Heat will win this, but man will I be rooting hard for the Pacers. This is the first real team the Heat will have faced, I think the Pacers can steal game 1 using that as an advantage. Bucks were a joke, Chicago was without not just Rose, but Deng and Hinrich and Noah was hobbled. So now they run into a healthy, tough Pacers team that did give them problems during the regular season. It could go 6 or 7, but I believe the Heat will be in the Finals. Still though, go Pacers, Beat The Heat!
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby wcsoldier81 on Sat May 18, 2013 11:48 pm

Miami in 6 unless Indiana perimeter players learn how to shoot a basketball in a 3 days span .

I also have Lecrab complaining about physical play after Game 2 at the latest .
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Finwë on Sun May 19, 2013 10:27 am

I think officiating will be huge. Indiana's strength is in their physical style of play (particularly inside), and it worked against the Knicks, but I don't know if the refs will be as permissive (at least in big plays, down the stretch) against Miami.
Those drives where Melo and JR got bothered or stopped by Hibbert and other Indy big men and the refs didn't call fouls acknowledging verticality in the jump... maybe against LeBron and Wade those plays aren't called the same..

Outside of that, Indiana's offense (or lack thereof) will be the deciding factor. Miami is MUCH more consistent on offense, and they are also very good defensively (trapping, rotating, playing pressure D), so if Indiana wants to have a shot at this they need to have their shooters sharp, can't afford to miss gimmies, FTs or turn the ball over, have to make sure the ball keeps moving and that they are taking good shots. All easier said than done, but all necessary.

I think it's Miami back to the finals, and probably in 6. Maybe 5.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Sun May 19, 2013 12:29 pm

I'm not as big on the Miami dominance thing. Wade's health is iffy, and without him the defenses can collapse on BronBron. I hear the talking heads saying that Miami's transition game is too fast for Indiana, but teams rarely get a chance to run in the playoffs. The key for Indiana is to control the pace. Without Wade at full level, there's not much to Miami's post-up game. Keep the game slow and grind it out, and Miami's offense will grind to a halt.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby XXIV on Sun May 19, 2013 3:52 pm

I have Miami winning in 6, but if Indiana can get it's offense going they could definitely win this series.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby GoldenChocobo on Sun May 19, 2013 4:38 pm

Why aren't they playing until Wednesday?

Another "rust" game for Miami? :man1:
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Mon May 20, 2013 12:43 pm

I just hope the Heat can overcome this underdog status against the mighty 5 of Indy
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby pound4pound1 on Mon May 20, 2013 1:01 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:I just hope the Heat can overcome this underdog status against the mighty 5 of Indy



LOL...BSPN and their comical spins...the poor little Heat against the Juggernaut Pacers
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby abeer3 on Mon May 20, 2013 1:41 pm

I like the pacers and really really want to believe.

but...

heat in 5.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Jazzygirl205 on Mon May 20, 2013 4:33 pm

I really want the Pacers to win but I don't think so.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Mon May 20, 2013 5:07 pm

Miami in 6. As much as I am rooting for Indiana, I just don't think they can pull it off.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Mon May 20, 2013 5:17 pm

All I know is that the "Great Team" that the King spoke so emphatically about better win especially after being so greatly disrespected by that no name coach of that no name team in Indy. Go get em King! They on yo list my man :jam2:
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon May 20, 2013 8:14 pm

Why are they not playing until Wednesday???

When the Spurs-Grizzlies will have played two games already on a quick turnaround from last series for both of them.

NBA really trying to make sure Wade is healthy :disagree:
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Mon May 20, 2013 8:30 pm

^kinda looks that way. Unless Wednesday is more prime time than Monday.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Jazzygirl205 on Tue May 21, 2013 3:50 am

Battle Tested20 wrote:Why are they not playing until Wednesday???

When the Spurs-Grizzlies will have played two games already on a quick turnaround from last series for both of them.

NBA really trying to make sure Wade is healthy :disagree:


Hmmm does seem kind of suspicious...
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Weezy on Wed May 22, 2013 4:19 pm

I forgot there was even an ECF it's taken so long to start, what a joke. They used to play a game every other day, now it's stretch it as far as possible, come on.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby karacha on Wed May 22, 2013 5:36 pm

Alright, let's see if that Pacers defense will have more success then the Grizzlies in their matchup against the Spurs.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Jazzygirl205 on Wed May 22, 2013 5:58 pm

Come on Pacers kick some tail.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Doc Brown on Wed May 22, 2013 6:14 pm

I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the Heat locker room to see what Wade is pumping in his knee. He looks like a jumping jack out there tonight.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed May 22, 2013 6:46 pm

Wow that was a brutal first half the Pacers have the lead which is all that matters
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Weezy on Wed May 22, 2013 6:54 pm

Go Pacers! :jam2: Even if they can't win the series they need to at least give the Heat hell and take it to 6 or 7 games. They gave the Heat all they could handle last season as well.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby GoldenChocobo on Wed May 22, 2013 7:03 pm

The outcome of this game is already predetermined.
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Re: Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Heat vs (3) Pacers

Postby Kasumi on Wed May 22, 2013 7:12 pm

Go Pacers! I know it's already predetermined, but isn't the NBA the place where miracles happen? Miami losing would certainly count as a miracle of epic proportions.

p.s. - Tie game, midway through the 3rd
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