Sweatin' Bullets: How the Pacers Beat the Heat

Sweatin’ Bullets will be a recurring feature in which I provide a few bullet points on general theories, comments and observations on the most recent game. 

  • Miami’s retro jerseys are significantly uglier than Indiana’s retro jerseys.
  • Am I the only one that just noticed that Chris Bosh and David West are eerily similar players? Would you rather have a just-past-his-prime David West at two years/$20 million or an in-his-prime Chris Bosh at six years/$110 million? Seems like a fair question on both sides.
  • Is it just me or would a three-legged race between Udonis Haslem/Ronny Turiaf and Louis Amundson/Tyler Hansbrough be Pay-Per-View worthy? It would certainly get physical. What would be a fair price to charge?
  • Inactivity by Hibbert can’t be blamed completely on him. If you don’t feed your big man when he works to get position, he will lose confidence and motivation as the game goes on. Hibbert’s touches in the first half were few and far between.
  • Despite limited touches, Hibbert still managed to put up 11 points and 9 rebounds to go with his 3 blocked shots. It might be a sign that the offense should run through Hibbert first on a higher percentage of plays.
  • If you are the type of fan to take Darren Collison for granted then take a moment to think about how much Miami would love to have him as their point guard.
  • The Pacers bench should get a lot of credit for making Miami work all game. It never felt like there was unproductive unit on the floor.
  • Those few moments in the start of the fourth quarter when you want to see Barbosa and Wade keep going at each other should be more than enough to make every Pacer fan say, “Yeah, I’m pretty sure we won’t be missing that second round pick…”
  • Having three superstars is great and all, but when you can spread the scoring out to nearly the whole team like the Pacers did against Miami it is always more entertaining.
  • The national headlines will talk about Miami’s struggles and their two-game losing streak, but this was without a doubt a sign of the Pacers’ true potential when everyone plays unselfishly and executes to their fullest potential. It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that the Indiana dominated this game after the break. They were in control for the entire second half.

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