May 22, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) for the game winning basket in the overtime of game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat win 103-102. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2013: Indiana Pacers as a Team to Blame


So looks like Frank Vogel has been getting MOST of the blame for last night’s loss, and I can see why.  Sure if Roy Hibbert is out on the floor, Lebron James doesn’t get an easy lay up.  But what if Lebron James makes the lay up even with Hibbert out there.  Then Paul George gets all the blame for not defending well enough.  And it’s Lebron James, isn’t it about time he makes a game winning shot of this sorts? It’s almost expected that he’s going to make it, no matter what’s going on out there.  He should be expected to make that with the star power he’s got.  But I don’t put all the blame on Frank Vogel. Instead, I look at what some of the Indiana Pacers did.

First off, the turnovers of the team.  George Hill looked shaky out there handling the ball, which is a bad sign.  Maybe he’ll be able to turn that around, but at times, he looked bad dribbling the ball around, and he’s one of the best on the team when it comes to that.  Then, how about some of the bad passes.  You can’t make bad passes against the Miami Heat because they turn those turnovers into easy baskets.  They were able to get out and run a few times when the Pacers made a bad turnover. How about that pass by Paul George to Sam Young, WHO WAS ON THE BENCH?  For all the good things, George can do, passing is still a downside to his game.

Second, the Pacers have to hit free throws.  Paul George made the three that counted, but he also had a miss or two that could have helped.  Speaking of could have helped, how about building up that seven point lead into double digits. I believe if the Pacers got a ten point lead, we’re not talking about that last second basket by Lebron James to win that game.

That’s probably the most encouraging sign for the Pacers, they didn’t play the best game.  They played well enough to stay in there, and keep it competitive.  They should have probably closed it out, and won the game.  That’s got to be the most promising thing about it.  They have to figure out what was working so well, and bring that effort into game two.  Game two is going to be MUST win. I use that term a ton, but there’s no better time than now for that.  Give me a game two win for the Pacers, and I believe they can win at home against the Heat, so who knows what could happen in this series.  It’s all about correcting what went wrong in last night’s game, and improving upon that to get the game two win.

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