Miami started the game playing more aggressively on both ends of the court. Lebron James finally put the low-post training he received from NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon to use and it paid dividends. Miami scored 34+ points in both the 1st and 2nd quarters while the Pacers struggled from the field shooting less than 40 percent.
Miami Heat’s Chris Anderson continues to be the spark off the bench while Udonis Haslem has finally showed up to play; his 17 points and 7 rebounds were a huge difference in this game and largely part of the reason Miami enjoyed such a large margin of victory.
Indiana Pacers front men Paul George and Lance Stephenson struggled from the field, shooting a combined 5-20 with both players failing to find a rhythm. You can’t expect the Pacers to win a game when their starting front court under-performs and are outplayed in convincing fashion before the half. I could make the argument that the Heat dominated the game but the Pacers obviously didn’t show up to play today. When a home team shoots a playoff series low 39 percent from the field you cant expect them to win a game.
Looking forward to Game 4, I expect the Indiana Pacers to adjust and focus more on their interior offense and not stink as bad as they have in Game 3. Someone from the Pacer bench will have to step up an add some additional scoring otherwise the Pacers could be in trouble.
The Miami Heat may have finally awaken, I’m not sure if Chris Bosh will ever show up in this series but if Chris Anderson and Udonis Haslem continue to put up the same numbers as they have in Game 3, the Heat have a strong chance of going up in this series 3-1.