Of course each game will get more important as the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat go to battle in this Eastern Conference Finals, but tonight, is one of utmost importance. Just think how much confidence this Pacers team will have if they’re able to put together a great effort and pick up a win to put themselves up 2-0 in this series. It’s going to take all hands on deck tonight as I do believe we could get one of those “LeBron James Goes Off” games.
I’m not talking about just getting points, but getting points easy and getting to the free throw line in that process. Taking over the game type of control we’ve seen James do. You already know the Miami Heat are going to bring an extra bit of punch in this evening, so the Pacers have to be ready for that.
As we have seen in the past couple of series, the Pacers haven’t been able to bring that extra bit of effort in those games that they should have. Two blow outs at home to the Hawks and Wizards just bring me that feeling that the Pacers could fall apart tonight.
But at the same time, you’ve seen the Pacers fight off elimination in the first round and were able to close out Washington on the road, so they can put together the right bit of effort when needed. That’s been the story of this team as I am sure you’re thinking I’m talking out both sides of my mouth.
Setting the tone early like game one could go a long way in deciding tonight’s affair. Making sure Roy Hibbert is engaged could go a long way. Making sure George Hill is playing as aggressive as he can goes a long way. Paul George playing strong on both ends of the floor is a key to the game. Lance Stephenson keeping a level head is key to the game.
The starters I believe will set the tone for this game and if they’re able to come out strong and finish strong, the Pacers will put themselves in a great position to pick up win number two. A second win that will benefit the next games in Miami, which I believe the Pacers would just need to pick up one win to feel good about themselves.
Ultimately, it’s a coin toss as to what to expect tonight, so I’ll leave you to tell me.
Feast or famine for the Indiana Pacers tonight, what do you see?