Before the series between the Heat and Pacers began, I knew that if Pacers center Roy Hibbert ever had a good-to-great game there would be zero chance of the Heat winning the game. That is exactly what happened last night. Hibbert dominated inside (19pts, 18reb, 5blk) as he led the Pacers to rout the Heat 94-75 and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Without Bosh the Heat needed their stars to step up but aside from LeBron James and Mario Chalmers no other Heat player impacted the game. Lots of attention was put on Wade who clearly looked banged up and scored only 5 points. A bigger story around him was a clash between Wade and head coach Spolstra, incidents that are always overblown. It’s a hostile environment and when a team is losing as bad as the Heat were at the time, tempers will flare so it’s nothing to worry about. The Heat need to worry about the Pacers because Indiana has all the momentum now playing with confidence and determination.
More of the same between the Spurs and Clippers except the Spurs managed to do win in a different way. The Spurs dominated in the paint (50 points) on route to a 105-88 victory and what looks like a decisive 2-0 lead in the series. The Clippers just look outmatched in every part of the game and Chris Paul has been frustrated the entire time. He had more turnovers (eight) than points and assists combined. Scary stat because if Paul can’t make changes to bring his game up these next two games in Los Angeles then this series will be over very quickly. The Spurs can continue to do the same, go through Duncan and Parker to make this another step towards the ultimate prize in June.
Game 4: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
8:00ET (BOS leads 2-1)
After the Celtics dominated game 3 how will the 76ers respond once again at home? Boston executed their game plan perfectly last game so I could see this game being much closer after adjustment are made on both sides. If the Celtics win tonight this series is probably over.
Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
10:30ET (OKC leads 1-0)
Can the Lakers bounce back at home after a disastrous finish in game 2? Can the Thunder take advantage of a furious rally and continue their momentum on the road? The Lakers aren’t coming back from 0-3 so you can pretty much label this a “must win” in their books.