Do The Indiana Pacers Have Any Chance Against The Miami Heat?
What the hell happened?
Remember when the Indiana Pacers looked like the team that would give the Miami Heat a run for their money? It was all good just a few weeks ago when the Pacers dealt for 76ers small forward Evan Turner and everyone felt that it might be over for the Miami Heat’s reign in the Eastern Conference. But now?
I don’t even know who these guys are anymore.
The past three months have shown little more than the Indiana Pacers being the poster boys for inconsistency. They barely hung on to the #1 seed and limped into the NBA Playoffs. You’d think that maybe they would get their sh*t together for the playoffs and that their 2nd half collapse was more due to them being on cruise control than them being in any kind of real trouble.
But, no, they were in trouble and put it on full display against an Atlanta Hawks team that made the playoffs with a record under .500. First of all, the Hawks had no business making the playoffs with a 38-44 record. But that speaks to how awful the Eastern Conference was this season. So what do the Pacers do in the first round? They barely get by the Hawks after being down 3-2 in the series and having every journalist alive ready to file their columns on arguably the most epic collapse in NBA history.
The Pacers prevailed though. However, it wasn’t a given that they would beat the Washington Wizards in the next round. Of course, the Pacers again proved to be the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the playoffs as they played plenty of ugly basketball, including an absolutely pitiful game 5 where they were out rebounded 62-23. The curious case of Roy Hibbert continued to be an ongoing story as he went from an All-Star to a has-been in a matter of weeks. But the Pacers survived and now find themselves right where everyone expected them to be, against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
So do they have any chance? Of course they do. If the Pacers are anything like they were earlier in the year, they could give LeBron and company problems in this Best-of-7 series. But the reality is that the Pacers are nowhere near where they need to be in order to beat an incensed Miami Heat team that is looking to win another NBA title.
They still have problems scoring and Paul George has yet to complete his transformation into the NBA superstar we expected him to be by now. Meanwhile, Miami coasted through the regular season just to get to this point and have handed out beatdown after beatdown in the playoffs. Do you think that the Heat will have any mercy on the team that some pegged to beat them in the conference finals?
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Pacers could suddenly wake up and give the Heat a real challenge. Maybe it was their plan all along. You know, show some weakness and have everyone thinking that they are dead in the water only to come alive and trounce the defending champions.
Yeah, wishful thinking.
Good luck Indiana. You’ll need it.