Indiana Pacers: What we need to learn from the Miami Heat

Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
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You have to play both sides of the ball and that especially includes defense.

Anybody who has been watching these finals has watched defenses clamp down in the postseason, much more so than their regular season counterparts.

One hallmark of this Heat team, even when they were terrible on the offensive side of the ball during the season, is that they were elite on the defensive side of the ball being second in the league in opponents points scored.

This has allowed them to stay in games even when they are shooting poorly, and why they look to pop off the television screen when they are finally hitting shots.

How the Pacers could learn: The Pacers have looked bad on defense ever since long-time coach Dan Burke left the bench to head to Philadelphia. They have lacked defensive identity for years now. That might mean bringing in some defensive talent in the draft or bringing in a coach that is known to instill defensive toughness. But something will need to change if the Pacers want to eventually make it to the promised land.