Heat vs. Pacers Game 4 Preview
Heading Into Game 4
The Miami Heat are set to take on the Pacers today for game 4 in their series. The Pacers are leading the series 2-1, and they will look to take out the heavily favored Miami team.
Miami has been plagued with a serous injury in this series. They are without their star center in Chris Bosh, who was sidelined with an abdominal strain. He is doubtful to lay this series, but the Miami is hoping they can pull together and tie the series today with a win.
Dwayne Wade No Shows
Game 3 was turmoil for Miami. They simply could not get on the same page and Dwayne Wade didn't have a good outing. He even got into a heated debate with head coach Eric Spoelstra, which was the center of attention in game 3. They were outplayed in their last game with the final score being 94-75.
In their loss, Lebron James had 22 points and Chalmers had 25 points. They will need a better outing from Dwayne Wade, who only managed score 5 points. They will also need Battier to knock down open threes, which is something he didn't do in game 3, going 0-7 from the field.
The Pacers are riding high after their latest performance. They certainly believe they have the heart to match the Heat's skill and they certainly seem to be doing just that. In their latest win, Hill scored 20 points and Granger had 17. Hibbert also had a breakout game scoring 19 points with 18 rebounds. They will need the same type of collaborative effort if they want to go up in the series 3-1.
Keys for Game 4
Game 4 will come down to execution on both ends of the floor. Miami needs to better showing from Dwayne Wade and their perimeter shooting to take the weight off Lebron James's shoulders. They will also need to contain Hibbert and Granger if they want to tie the series today. Spoelstra told his team to simply take a break and get their mind off the game in hopes of coming back refreshed for game 4. They seemed rededicated and refocused, which should only help them today against the Pacers.
For the Pacers, they need to continue to match Miami's energy and get the rebounds on both ends of the floor. Hibbert needs to continue his dominance on the defensive end to thwart off Miami from getting easy points. They will also need production from Hill and Granger to keep them in it. If they can do all of these things, then they will have put Miami into a formidable position.