There is no point in getting into the specifics of this game. The Pacers were dominated. They played well early in the sense that they were able to outscore Miami in the first quarter, but the writing was on the wall. The Heat’s pressure defense consumed the Pacers, forcing them into early turnovers and soon after completely shutting down their ability to run an offense.
It was bad. Really bad.
Indiana played bad basketball, but Miami, at its best, is just incredible.
You have to tip your cap.
But while it was an unfitting end to a tremendous season, Pacers’ fans should remain very optimistic. This team should retain all its key contributors from this year and should be even better next season.
Losing like this is the worst way to lose, but this season was a big win.
The exceeded expectations given just how young this team is, and the growth trajectory is pointing skyward.
This is the worst of times, but the long-term future couldn’t be brighter.