The Indiana Pacers have eliminated the New York Knicks in six games and have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004. The Pacers will face the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs for the second consecutive post season. What does this mean?
The Miami Heat will face a tougher and more experienced Pacers team this year in the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Paul George and Roy Hibbert have emerged as the go-to-guys for the Indiana Pacers while Lance Stephenson has become the break-out player for the team. Stephenson’s size and aggressive play will challenge the smaller Miami Heat guards and the Heat should have their hands full on both ends of the court.
The Pacers have the rebounding edge based on the fact that the Miami Heat are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. Roy Hibbert and David West are going to have a field day pulling down offensive and defensive rebounds. I think the Miami Heat are in trouble, I expect this series to go down to the final game. If Dwayne Wade is anything less than 90 percent healthy, the Miami Heat will have a slim chance of coming out of this series on top. If the Pacers can defeat the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, this could spell bad news for Danny Granger, he could be the next Rudy Gay heading to another NBA team.
Looking forward to the series the key players for Miami will be Chis Bosh, Lebron, and D-Wade while the Pacers should look to get the ball to David West and Roy Hibbert. Stay tuned for my series prediction.