Commentary

Predicting Pacers-Heat East finals

Originally Published: May 20, 2013
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider
Having won eight of their first nine games in the 2013 postseason, the Miami Heat will see the level of competition ramp up quickly against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals. Not only did the Pacers win the season series 2-1, they proved their defensive mettle in upsetting the New York Knicks 4-2 to reach the conference finals. Now, a confident squad hopes to surprise the Heat -- and everyone outside Indiana.

When Miami has the ball

After six games of watching Carmelo Anthony & Co. run into Roy Hibbert in the paint, the Pacers' defensive strategy is no longer a secret. More than any other team in the NBA, Indiana has built its defense around the "Mathketball" philosophy of taking away the two most efficient types of shots -- attempts at the rim and 3-pointers, which happen to be staples of the Heat's offense.

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