“Back home again in Indiana” is the old song of the Indianapolis 500, but it’s a mantra this Indiana Pacers team likes to say to itself as well. Especially when you look at this post season, and the team is undefeated at home winning by double digits in those contests. Now tonight’s game probably won’t be as easy. But with the way, the Pacers have played at home, it just might be another double digit win. They play with that intensity that can be missing at times on the road. Through two games though, the Pacers have matched what intensity is needed on the road, and I still believe they could be up 2-0. Getting the series tied was good enough, when you consider how they lost in game one. They could have lost all confidence in their game, but they didn’t. They kept fighting through the momentum of what Lebron James was doing in game two, and now have a great shot at going up in this series. Just like last season.
The Pacers have this way of staying right with the Heat, which is something that can help in tonight’s game. They’ve even found a way to build up a double figures lead in game two, something the Heat haven’t done against them. The Pacers have to continue to control the boards. I think getting Roy Hibbert involved in the offense is a key for tonight. He looked ridiculous on Friday night in the win with 29 points. He even tipped some offensive rebounds for points, and really worked for points at the free throw line. David West needs to get going in this one as well, I believe with the game as important as it is, West will pull through.
On the other hand, the Pacers have to keep on their toes defensively. I think we’ll see an even more aggressive Lebron James, if that is possible. This series is going to be so much on his shoulders that he’s bound to really put together a great effort, and tonight could be it. What’s scary is if he’s going, then watch out for Dwayne Wade. Remember game four last season with the Pacers up and then out of nowhere this blitzkrieg happened, I could see that happening tonight. The Heat have that way of just turning things up a notch, and Heating up. The Pacers have to be on guard, and with the way, they are playing, they will be ready.
Indianapolis has had a fine day with the great race in the Indy 500 and now the Fieldhouse will be looking like that checkered flag. The Pacers have to do their part to cross the finish line with the win, and the series lead.