Miami did not let suspensions slow them down last night as they closed out the Pacers in 6 games to reach the eastern conference finals. Dwyane Wade took control of the game (dropping 41pts and 10 reb) as he answered to any runs that the Indiana Pacers had to lead the Heat to a 105-93 victory. The game was in Indiana’s favor for the most part of the first half but as the game went on it just kept looking like the Heat were simply the better team and wanted it more. There were some questionable calls on the Pacers in the first half so much that the Heat’s new label of “Flop City” was trending worldwide on Twitter. Our very own Freep tweeting about it, laughing because it seemed like the referees were the ones keeping the Heat in the game. Second half was a different story, as Wade led the Heat’s scoring. LeBron wasn’t a scrub at all, scoring 28 points himself and had key plays down the stretch to fight off any late rally from the Pacers. It was a late rally that the Pacers couldn’t hold on to that killed them in the end. They had to spend the entire 4th quarter fighting uphill but Indiana never had the offensive efficiency to match the Heat shot for shot. Now, Indiana has gone fishing and the Miami Heat can watch tonight’s game 7 with the rest of us and await their opponent in the east finals.
This weekend’s games:
Game 7: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
8:00ET (series tied at 3)
Everyone loves a game 7, right? Even with how ugly the last couple of games of this series have been I’m still excited about the final game to this series. I’m leaning Boston here for a couple of reasons. History favors the Celtics very much when it comes to game 7s historically. I also think the Celtics can’t play much worse than they did in Philly the other night. I feel like the 76ers have reached the peak and the Celtics will take of business at home.
Game 1: Oklahoma City at San Antonio Spurs
9:00ET (series tied at 0)
We have a veteran team with tons of championship experience absolutely obliterating teams against a young athletic team with a bright future looking to take the next step. Are people being too quick to write off the Thunder? I know, the Spurs have looked unbeatable but I can’t see the Thunder getting roll over as quickly as most people think. I can’t wait to see the Parker-Westbrook matchup at the point among the other great players going head to head. This series has the potential to be a classic.