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.

Topics: Game Recap

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  • NoLookPass

    I’m getting more and more paranoid about how much we are becoming jump shot dependent. We hit like crazy today and beat a good team but when playoff comes things will tighten up on defense and the abandonment of our smash mouth style will come back and haunt us.

  • b.r

    sorry bron bron. take your talents back to south beach. We had heat fans heckling behind us. They shut up half way through the 3rd quarter. SO SWEET!!! Thank you Pacers.

  • The Other Ian

    @NoLookPass

    I don’t know the numbers but it seemed to me that much of our offense was fast paced transition play coupled with some great passing to the open guy for the shot. We did shoot over 45 percent and had 20 assists

  • NoLookPass

    According to StatsLLC these are our 37 makes. Also not listed are the misses which included quite a few jumpers on top of a the large numbers of FT resulting from fouled jumpers.

    Roy Hibbert makes a turnaround hook shot from 11 feet out
    Paul George makes a jump shot from 18 feet out.
    Danny Granger makes a 3-point jump shot from 25 feet out.
    David West makes a jump shot from 17 feet out.
    Danny Granger makes a jump shot from 20 feet out
    Paul George makes a slam dunk shot from 1 foot out.
    Darren Collison makes a 3-point jump shot from 25 feet out
    David West makes a putback layup shot from 1 foot out.
    Danny Granger makes a turnaround fade away jump shot from 12 feet out.
    Danny Granger makes a jump shot from 17 feet out.
    Tyler Hansbrough makes a driving finger roll shot from 4 feet out.
    Leandro Barbosa makes a driving finger roll shot from 3 feet out.
    Paul George makes a reverse layup shot from 2 feet out.
    David West makes a jump shot from 13 feet out.
    Danny Granger makes a putback layup shot from 2 feet out.
    Roy Hibbert makes a alley oop dunk shot from 2 feet out.
    Roy Hibbert makes a slam dunk shot from 2 feet out.
    Darren Collison makes a layup shot from 1 foot out.
    Paul George makes a 3-point jump shot from 48 feet out.
    David West makes a floating jump shot from 14 feet out.
    Darren Collison makes a slam dunk shot from 2 feet out.
    Paul George makes a 3-point jump shot from 25 feet out.
    Darren Collison makes a 3-point jump shot from 25 feet out.
    David West makes a jump shot from 19 feet out.
    Darren Collison makes a driving layup shot from 3 feet out.
    Darren Collison makes a driving layup shot from 2 feet out.
    Danny Granger makes a pull up jump shot from 13 feet out.
    Danny Granger makes a 3-point jump shot from 24 feet out.
    Darren Collison makes a pull up jump shot from 17 feet out.
    Leandro Barbosa makes a 3-point jump shot from 24 feet out.
    Leandro Barbosa makes a 3-point jump shot from 26 feet out.
    Leandro Barbosa makes a 3-point jump shot from 24 feet out.
    Leandro Barbosa makes a running jump shot from 8 feet out.
    Roy Hibbert makes a putback layup shot from 2 feet out.
    Danny Granger makes a 3-point jump shot from 26 feet out.
    Paul George makes a driving layup shot from 3 feet out.
    Paul George makes a fade away from 13 feet out.

  • Realist

    I can confirm that we were 100% from shots 45 feet and further.

  • iwantarogerbrownjersey

    Just now noticed Bosh and West are similar players? Cmon now, they’ve both been face up 4′s their whole careers. Love David West for both his production and the intangibles he brings, but if you replace him with Bosh and have him be the go-to scorer alongside Granger, the Pacers are more than likely the 3 seed in the East by a comfortable margin (assuming Miami and Chicago stay 1-2).

    Bosh put up nice numbers (5 straight seasons scoring 22+ and a capable rebounder) before going to Miami. Granted he was the only one taking the shots for the Raptors and they were terrible, so you could rightly argue that he’s not much different than Granger in terms of lacking the ability to be a true alpha dog on a quality team. But it bears repeating, with Bosh on this Pacer team as currently constructed we would be a legitimate contender to win it all rather than the feel-good, mid-market dark horse with an NBA legend building a team the right way. He’s been a much more consistent scoring threat throughout his career, which is clearly the Pacers biggest need (and has been since…JO?).

    Please spare me all the rhetoric about Bosh being soft and not fit to lead a team. While his previous all-star appearances would put a little more of the spotlight on him than the rest of the guys, the look and feel of the team wouldn’t be too far off from what it is right now. And let’s be honest, playing in Indy obviously doesn’t come with the same pressure as in NY or LA. Obviously the $110 million contract as opposed to $20 million is a big difference in terms of the big picture, but let’s pretend:

    Bosh 18-20 ppg
    Granger 15-17
    Hibbert 13-15
    George 10-12
    Collison 10-12

    Not many teams can really match up with that/want to see that in a playoff series, and that’s not even factoring in the bench.

  • Realist

    We won’t finish 3rd, and I don’t think we want to either. 5th (with 4th best record) is much more appealing.

  • Chris D.

    The Heat are 8-6 since the break. The fact is, outside of their top four players, you can shut the rest of their team down–especially when they are visiting. I don’t care how much the top three Heat score, that is not a recipe for a championship.

  • longtimewatcher

    As for the West-Bosh match-up, I think I’d rather have the extra 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block that David provided, than the extra four points and three turnovers that Chris garnered. The box score makes it look like West didn’t do so bad at all.

  • Ian

    The argument is not that West is better than Bosh. The argument is that for the amount of money the Heat have committed to Bosh, his extra production is not worth it.

    Put it this way, how much better would the Heat be if they could replace Bosh two solid players? Especially considering so many would willingly take less money to play for the Heat? He’s paid like a superstar but he’s far from it. His numbers declined when he moved to Miami and they are down this year from last, despite the Heat playing a much more free-flowing offensive game.

  • mike

    Love the Sweatin bullets series. Just get to the points.

  • http://DavidWest Zach Winningham

    I could kick the sh** out of Chris Bosh in a street fight. Please.

  • http://DavidWest Zach Winningham

    -David West

  • Jay

    Ha. The author’s bio says that he was enthralled by Allen Iverson and adopted his work ethic. A clever joke? The guy who famously said “practice? me? practice?”

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