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When Vogel told David West, "you got Ray Allen!" there's no way he thought West would create two TOs there. Great plays.
Vogel: "That's how Larry Bird put this team together. As a true team…It's balanced, and it's difficult to guard."
Games like this made LeBron want to leave Cleveland. Not enough support.
Cue HEAT PEAKED DURING THE STREAK! debate
Pair of turnovers by LeBron in last min. helped Pacers knot the Eastern Conference series at 1-1. A win in Indy is now imperative for Miami.
Carmelo had two turnovers just like that in the fourth quartet against Indiana. So don't feel so bad LeBron.
Chuck: "I know LeBron had those two turnovers but it's hard carrying four people up and down the court."
Heard Danke Schoen in background postgame in Miami, wonder if I will ever hear that & not think of Ferris Bueller...I hope not
Imagine the exploding heads right now if Hibbert had been in and protected rim, end of G1.
Ratings are great and all, but why should we care? They're not our problem.
Some tough issues for Miami. One such issue: what to do about Ray Allen? He's been terrible this series and bad all season vs. Indiana.
Sounds like this was a bad night for a three-hour flight delay ... just long enough to miss an epic playoff game. Pacer People must be giddy
So impressed by Pacers in these first two games. Don't think anyone thought they'd nearly go 2-0 in Miami. I want to see D West in Finals
More often than not, the overreaction to the first two games of any series looks soooo naive and cute four games later.
Heat fans have stuck it out for nearly 3 whole seasons. Can they hold together if 2 of them don't result in a title? - 42
Relax folks (and Miami media), Lance didn't really say that.
"Should I get a Paul George shirsey, or a Roy Hibbert one?" -- Gary Bettman
The Heat have five losses over the last 51 games. 4 of them at the hands of the Bulls or the Pacers.
Flipped on the Sox. Game winning hit by Keppinger. Did Hawk go off on an ump?
The Pacers haven't lost at home in over a month (April 17th). 6-0 in the postseason.
Dwyane Wade isn't giving Heat nearly enough. Age plus injuries really catching up. Can't imagine he'll be even this effective next year.
The Indiana Pacers though
Stern was so excited about the new CBA favoring small market teams. He deserves as his last Finals Indiana vs. Memphis.
A Pacers-Spurs Finals will result in an immediate lockout. Owners will demand rollbacks of all competitive balance tweaks they demanded.
Remember, the Pacers were up 2-1 on Miami last year. For whatever that means.
These Pacers are a fun bunch.
Line of the Night: Roy Hibbert 29 pts, 10 rebs, 10-15 FG, 9-10 FT, W
Big win by Ind, but they can barely close out quarters. Not so confident, even if they appear the more balanced team, they can beat Miami 4X
This series is so good. Indiana is the perfect team to face-off against Miami to get a compelling series. Too good.
Looked like Hibbert didn't want to look Cager's jacket in the eyes.
Craig Sager's jacket seems to have found Victoria's Secret
Lance Stephenson did not give the choke sign to LeBron.
What a spectacular Sunday in Indy -- Indianapolis 500, followed by Game 3 at 8:30pm. Pacers 6-0 at BLF this postseason, 2-0 vs MIA this yr.
Craig Sager's suit ... brought to you by JoAnn Fabrics
Crazy how the Pacers are 2.2 seconds away from being up 2-0 right now. Still, 1-1 is pretty stinking tremendous.
This crowd isn't stunned, Marv. They're all about to take X and forget where their night began cuz none of em care...
I hope this series goes seven games!
Looking forward to all the over-analysis that comes with any Miami Heat loss.
97 points on just 86 possessions for Indiana. Terrific offensive performance.
Frank Vogel surprisingly exudes a ton of confidence. He's so everyman and so not. I like it.
Miami is lucky they aren't down 0-2 right now.
Pacers shoot 50% from field and just 13 turnovers. They played well.
MIA was a heavy favorite to win this series but could easily be down 0-2 if not for IND's 2.2 sec breakdown in Game 1
The series is tied and homecourt is headed to Indianapolis. Pacers win 97-93. Game 3 is Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Great win by Pacers. Heat still wins in 6, but that was impressive.
Who knew the East conference finals would run laps around the West?
Even more impressive when you consider that Pacers closed this game 4-on-6 for much of the late going.
Like I said during Game 1, the Pacers are a more well-rounded team. LeBron is going to need more help if the Heat are going to survive.
Pacers take Game 2 - and home court advantage … 97-93 the final. Hibbert has a playoff career-high 29. 92 of IND 97 pts from starters.
Weren't the Pacers up 2-1 last season too?
Pacers 6-0 at home in playoffs, 2-0 this season at home vs. Heat. Heat are 7-1 in last 8 playoff road games, 2-0 in Indy. Should be good
Do Reggie and Kerr actually listen to the nonsense they spout?
I'd swear, other than seeing the Mavs win, nothing in the NBA gives me more pleasure than seeing Miami (Wade) lose.
Uncharacteristic play from LeBron on both plays sealed the Heat's fate but give all the credit to the Pacers defense.
Remember when Pacers were an 8 seed and everyone said they were "spinning their wheels" and needed to get back in lottery?
Pacers deserved to win one of these games in Miami. Paul George is the real deal, regular season and playoffs. Hibbert 29 & 10.
Big time win for Indy
But what about everyone who was almost finished their columns about the symbolism of George slapping LeBron's hand?
What's the elapsed time of typical 3-point parabola?
The reason LeBron threw it away is that George wouldn't let himself be held up by the 3-2 screen. No switching. Just fought through it.
Wait, why is Roy Hibbert in the game this late?
Memphis is so jealous of how Indiana began its own series on the road.
This Pacers' victory compounds Vogel's, er, first game faux pas
Could see a Stephenson foul here. Ha.
LeBron needs to start rolling around grabbing his head right now. Tony Allen knows what I'm talking about.
That was clearly off D-Wade...
Out on Wade.
Guess having the big guy in at the end helps
A Pacers-Spurs matchup in the NBA Finals would have worse TV ratings than the 4 a.m. rerun of Sportscenter.
Looking like a series
Interesting ... apparently Hibbert can still close on Bosh shooting a three.
Paul George did what he was supposed to do in game 1
Reminder: Those are adults making silly faces behind the TNT booth.
Hibbert makes you understand why Oden was such a great prospect. WAAAAY more skilled than Hib. Healthy, could have dominated the league
Everyone crediting Hibbert for what just happened to LeBron is giving a lot of credit to a pretty ordinary stunt. That was George's moment.
Dwyane Wade has disappeared in this second half.
LeBron is so great tonight that he even made Lance Stephenson feel better about himself.
Hill makin' up for those turns.
You're being too nice to your teammates, LeBron...
Best closer, huh?
My bad that was Hill to the line. He made both. INdy up 97-93 with 8.3 sec left
Hibbert on the floor didn't hurt the Pacers because the perimeter defenders Did their jobs
No one, and I mean no one, can shit the bed better in a game's biggest moments and somehow not come away covered in shit better than Indy.
LeBron with back-to-back turnovers. Hill sinks two more FTs. Pacers up four, 8.3 seconds to play.
Going to guess LeBron doesn't pass it again on the next possession.
David West is the LeBron stopper, apparently
Two crucial crunchtime turnovers by the best player in the game. Maybe we should give Born Ready a break. (Or not.)
Nice work by Paul George staying w/ James around that screen
Hibbert defense! Hmmmm!
Wonder if TNT is going to redo that highlight reel now
David West for USMNT goalie
Second turnovers in a row by James. Boston Globe columnist is a genius..
Keep in mind, the Indiana Pacers are a MUCH better team at home. This series is going to be very interesting.
Two uncharacteristic turnovers in the clutch by LeBron.
That's consecutive steals for the Pacers based largely on knowing LeBron's tendencies.
I don't imagine anyone will write about Roy Hibbert being in the game, helping off Bosh. Nope, doubt that'll happen.
What defense by Paul George. As good as he was bad in Game 1.
What's going on with LeBron James right now?
Whoops. James 5 turnovers
Frank Vogel said he would be in the next time (meaning Hibbert) I guess we are about to find out
Great adjustment on the guard to guard screen by Indiana
Michael Jordan proven wrong again.
LeBron with another turnover. PG to the line for 2 with 8.3 sec left
David West, man.
What the hell is HIbbert doing in the game?
David West, clutch stealer?
Vogel not making the same mistake twice: Hibbert in the game.
Say, who is that 7'2 fella?
Before you ask: a 17.6-second situation is much different than a 2.2-second situation. Hibbert should be in.
En route to a league title, OSU blew a 7-0 lead and lost in extras at home to WSU
Is HIbbert in the game?
Everyone is jumping the gun on their "Hibbert is in" tweets. Up 1 with 2.2 seconds is much different than last possession or this one.
Pacers had chance for 2 possession lead off a West deflection & steal, but Hill fumbles ball, then shot-clock violation. IND up 2, 17.6 secs
Again. Pacers up 2, Heat ball. Hibbert stays in. Bosh will certainly go to corner. We'll see...
Love the NBA. What a ballgame
West's steal seemed like a victory for scouting. He knew the play and positioned himself appropriately.
Looks increasingly like Ujiri to Toronto is happening. The most surprising part of Woj’s update is the fact that Nuggets prob won’t counter.
Roy Hibbert is staying on the floor
In George Hill's defense, he did run the clock down as he dribbled aimlessly, missed Paul George cutting, threw a bad pass and bobbled ball.
Seriously, Burnie had to ask for noise
Shot clock (old habits hard to break).
That possession was very Lance Stephenson.
Mario Chalmers almost reined that defensive stop with an intentional foul. Wasn't called.
The way Bosh has been shooting, can Vogel afford to leave Hibbert in the game?
Hill is horrible with the ball. It's amazing.
Awesome possession there by George Hill. Awesome.
What are you doing Indy?
Awful awful awful possession.
Well at least that wasn't a live-ball turnover.
That didn't just happen did it?
Frank Vogel has to keep Roy Hibbert on the floor this time.
DAMMIT STOP SHOWING WIZARDS-CAVS HIGHLIGHTS
Pacers up 2, Heat ball with :48 left. Hibbert stays in game this time but Bosh did hit that 3 on him earlier...
Just watched Dwyane Wade's elbow on Lance Stephenson a few times. Since he went to his head, you can't rule out a suspension for Game 3.
These games have been so close I think it comes back to Miami 2-2 no matter what happens in the last 48 seconds here.
Roy Hibbert should just stand back in the paint and get ready to play D. Forget the huddle.
Interesting after what happened in Game 1 that all the Pacers standing on bench are either in full warmups or wearing a blue tshirt
Hill with 2 free throws to give Indy 95-93 lead with 48.9 seconds left
George Hill, who missed his first three foul shots, makes two, putting the Pacers up 95-93 with 48.9 seconds left.
Can't remember the last time Udonis Haslem played a crunchtime minute. Wow.
Imagine how good the Pacers would be if they weren't so damn sloppy with the ball.
(God, so many people are going to correct me.)
Time to take Roy Hibbert out of the game.
"Born Ready" should be renamed "Bad News Barnes"...he's so damn talented but you have to know time and place
Lance Stephenson is one of Miami's best players right now...lol
Pacers/Heat is epic. Please go 7.
Seriously, there used to be 10 centers in the NBA better than Hibbert.
LeBron James has been a monster, but Lance Stephenson may be Miami's MVP down the stretch.
Ahahaha Reggie Miller openly yelling for the Pacers to "just throw the ball to Hibbert," like that's easy to do.
George Hill: gamer.
So impressed with Indiana tonight...no hangover, no loss of confidence from Game 1. Now can they close this one out
What is Lance Stephenson doing?!
Center in basketball ONLY position in sports that was better 25 years ago. Can you imagine what even average guys of that era could do now?
1-3 pick and roll, clear a side. This is the set the Pacers have been prepping for George all season.
Such a momentum-breaker when a Pacers basket interrupts the screaming of "dos minutos."
Chris Bosh is 6-foor-11 on the left side of the hoop, 6-3 when he's on the right.
Wade didn't even move on that last offensive possession, way beyond the arc.
I think the Heat have Ray Allen on Lance Stephenson because they want him to shoot.
"Born Ready" Lance is taking too many "Not Ready" shots...settle down
Someone tell Lance Stephenson that this isn't Rucker Park. Holy crap
If Paul George really wants to impress me as a defensive player he will get the ball out of Lance Stephenson's hands.
Bosh bailed Chalmers out. Chalmers can't be taking it that deep without a plan.
Less Lance pls.
Right now, Miami has to be ecstatic every time Pacers offense runs through Stephenson.
On the low, Mario Chalmers super traveled before LeBron's three-point play
When LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have a 3-on-2 and don't shoot, advantage Indiana.
Huge break. Three Pacers got caught behind the ball.
Dodged a bullet there
When I rewatch this game, I'm going to figure out how Hibbert keeps getting all this space to dive on the pick and roll.
No surprise with Ujiri offer: MLSE will spend for who they want. We'll see if it extends to coaches. Anyway, enjoy actual basketball.
Good or bad Lance Stephenson's recklessness is always enteraining.
Season high for Roy Hibbert
What Frank Vogel would really like to say......"Lance what are you doing?"
Could Stepenson be as up-and-down in everyday life? Who would he be ... Charlie Sheen? Calculated crazy?
Vogel during timeout: "They're a great team, we're a great team, we're going to respond right here. Get every loose ball."
Dirk. Kobe. KD. Not ready to say LeBron is THE best "closer" in the game. Those guys have done it consistently. He's up there, though.
Wade hit Lance a lot harder than Paul George hit LeBron & yet PG gets called for a foul. But Wade's forearm was inadvertent. If you say so
Just a couple of points separate these two teams in the series so far.
Indiana's offense has stalled. Ball not going inside and screen roll out top not doing anything to put Miami in rotation # decisionmaking
So if J.R. Smith wrote a book about being a great dad, that elbow to Jason Terry was a "Play on?"
Hobert can def ball, not dissing him
Reggie Miller is apparently starting to become one of the worst NBA commentators on TV, by his logic.
Juwan Howard dressed like Seinfeld's dad. South Florida thing.
After the weak techs earlier, officials have missed/let go some legit cheap shots both ways.
You could blame that terrible Lance Stephenson 3 on getting an elbow to the head from Dwyane Wade...until you realize that's just Lance
Also, Wade is sort of a bitch.
Reggie on LeBron: "Superman just put on his cape."
Remember the last 2 possessions. Lance rushes a layup, 1-on-3, then launches a 3-pt has shot clock runs down. LeBron responds w/ and-1.
Yeah… you can pound on people and it's no foul. But don't body bump LeBron!
Hey Indiana let's see if West or Hibbert can make a bad shot at the end of the shot clock!
Hey Lance, how about you take a few plays off? Just lay low for a bit.
My goodness. What are we seeing from LeBron James?
Wait, so that Dwyane Wade elbow/forearm shiver to the temple was "inadvertent?" Alright then - Tyler Hansbrough, it's no rules tonight.
An inadvertent elbow to the head is an elbow to the head. Technical? Flagrant 1? Foul? Get me Stu Jackson on the horn.
Heat went back to the curl that worked a couple times in the third before shutting down. It worked again right there.
Wade elbows Stephenson in the head. Fortunately, that is his least vulnerable body part.
Lance Stephenson. That's all I'm going to say.
Man, Indiana’s offense looking “less intelligent” here.
Stephenson plays so out of control at times ... frustrating when you want his team to win.
OK, Heat... Give the ball to Bron and let him work his magic.
I feel like Stephenson could get that shot whenever he wants
Of all the ways to attempt to get past someone, I'm not sure "over" them is the first suggestion I'd make in that situation.
Wade can expect to write a check to the league for that one. And should.
OK, enough Lance thanks
Dwyane Wade, off the top rope!
What was Dwyane Wade trying to do there, exactly?
Wade just jacked Stephenson in the head with a forearm. Welp.
Media member(s) who failed to vote for LeBron for MVP and Best Defensive Player should have playoff credentials taken away
That Dwyane Wade elbow look as bad on TV?
Lance Stephenson has some Nate Robinson in his game.
Love you, Lance Stephenson.
This time next year, Roy Hibbert could be the best center in basketball.
Maybe some folks finally realize the hate for LeBron was so over the top for his "crime."
If you work for ESPN and your analysis is "The Pacers Are Taller," you are living in open rebellion to intelligent discourse.
Steve Kerr: "Indiana has done everything right tonight and here they are, 4 down with 6 minutes to go."
This game contains more fun than basically every Lakers game over the last three seasons, combined. BK
But as Berman of the Post likes to says, LeBron didn't sign with the Knicks because he couldn't handle the pressure. Expert analysis, no?
For all the GIFs and everything else, Bosh doesn't get enough credit for adapting his game for betterment of team without complaint.
Paul George told Chris Anderson on the dunk "I believe I can fly" watch it head Birdman.
Is anyone still hating on LeBron?
Miami using that guard to guard screen to attack George Hill on the switch
LeBron James just yelled at Mario Chalmers for stealing his passing skills.
Heat take the lead, 88-84, via a 7-0 run.
Chris Bosh adding 3's to his repertoire: game-changer.
Can someone from Pacers lay a hard playoff foul on LeBron and put him on the foul line.
Vogel needs to get West back in the game. Heat locking in defensively. Bosh with 3 and Miami leads 88-84 w 6:09 left
The debate now is really, who is the second best player in the NBA.
What was that pass by Norris Cole?
Sam Young waiting in the wings. You can see his yellow jersey easily among the white shirts.
George definitely got fouled there.
LeBron is a freak of power ,finesse ,and incredible will. Amazing athlete
The best player in the world is playing about as well as he can play. Indiana's still down just 1.
LeBron blocks Hibbert then wins jump ball against him. Very well then.
LeBron blocks Hibbert's point blank dunk. This is starting to get ridiculous.
I've covered the Heat for three seasons. Here's my takeaway. The U.S. government should clone LeBron.
LeBron stole that tap. Come on, ref, do your job.
Heat has much more talent than Indy yet struggling just bc Indy is big. They making Hibbert look like Olajuwon