Not doing any in depth preview for this game, but more a look at what the Indiana Pacers can do to win this game. They need to pull even so coming home to an electric and supportive home crowd could help them get another win on Thursday night.
1. Pound the ball inside to Roy Hibbert and David West. This is why the Chris Bosh injury could be significant. Hibbert could take advantage of who’s guarding him, and look to be more aggressive.
2. Start the game hot and finish hot. This happened in game one, where the Pacers jumped out to a good lead, but they couldn’t sustain it. They went ice cold over the last five minutes of the game, and scored one point. That won’t do against this Heat team. If you start well, keep it going, and end the game on that same note.
3. Paul George and Danny Granger need to be scoring. Or at least one of these guys. Both had under ten points, and didn’t shoot the ball well at all. I think George could take advantage against Dwayne Wade with more slashing to the basket once he passes the ball into the post. Granger is just going to have to work for his shots, and hope he makes a better percentage. Lebron James is a better defender than some people give him credit for. Therefore, Granger might struggle this series on the offensive end.
4. Slow down Lebron and Wade. Those guys just killed the Pacers in the second half, so they have to adjust and figure out how to slow them down. I don’t think you stop one or the other, but you can contain them. Maybe even going to a zone, and clogging the middle as one of those guys make their drives.
5. Do the little things to win the game. Get steals when they are there. Make sure you finish drives. Hit the free throws, and don’t sputter around on offense. Just lumping everything together that could happen badly in this game, but needs to happen in the good sense, so the Pacers could steal this game.