LeBron James and Dwyane Wade lost the third member of their star trio late in the first half on Sunday and completely took things over themselves. They’ll need to do the same Tuesday as they entertain the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference second-round series. The Miami Heat will be without the services of forward Chris Bosh, who is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed an abdominal strain.
Pacers Heat Betting
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Indiana Pacers: Indiana cruised past the Orlando Magic in the first round by playing strong team defense and getting over 21 points per game from Danny Granger. The defense worked in the first half of Game 1, but Granger was nowhere to be found. The swingman scored seven points on 1-for-10 shooting in the 95-86 loss. The Pacers had trouble getting much from any of their perimeter scorers in the contest while David West and Roy Hibbert combined for 34 points and 23 rebounds on the inside. West and Hibbert could become even more involved in the offense if Bosh is unable to play on Tuesday.
Miami Heat: James took plenty of criticism for struggling in the fourth quarter throughout last year’s playoffs. So far in 2012, James has been at his best down the stretch. The newly-crowned MVP scored 16 of his 32 points in the final frame on Sunday and added 15 rebounds and five assists to his final total. Wade was almost as sharp, finishing with 29 points and four assists and providing one of the highlights of the game with a chase-down block of Paul George on a fast break. The two stars were also part of the strong defensive effort against Granger. Bosh’s injury looms over the rest of the series, but with James crashing the boards, Miami still outrebounded the Pacers, 45-38, in Game 1.
1. James joined Shaquille O’Neil as the only players in Miami history to record at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff game.
2. The Heat failed to record a 3-pointer (0 for 6) for the first time in franchise playoff history.
3. The Pacers were called for 31 personal fouls in Game 1 – nine more than the Heat.
PREDICTION: Heat 94, Pacers 88. CLICK HERE for 500 Handicappers Package FOR 5$