Scouting Report: Heat vs. Pacers 

May, 12, 2012
By John Carroll, Scouts Inc.

The Miami Heat were focused and locked in for their first round series with the New York Knicks. When they play with that type of intensity no one in the Eastern Conference can beat them. If the Pacers are not able to handle the one-on-one abilities of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, if they turn the ball over at a high rate or cannot keep the Heat from scoring in transition this could be a short series. The Pacers will have to be disciplined in their offensive approach and if they deviate they will struggle to score. They must move the ball from the strong side to the weak side with crisp passing and exact spacing. If they attempt to play primarily post up or isolation basketball they will struggle.

These two teams met four times during the regular season and the Heat won the series 3-1. The Pacers will be the underdog in this series because of the experience of the Heat, the talents of James and Wade, and because the Heat have home court advantage. The Heat went 31-5 at home over the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers will struggle to win in Miami.