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Heat vs Pacers Preview – Clash of Philosophy

by Eric Drouant on January 31, 2013 updated January 31, 2013



The Miami Heat are going to come at you offensively, an attack that features a wide range of scoring possibility. The Indiana Pacers are going to come at you defensively, forcing your hand and smothering all attempts with a tenacious defense. The idea is sound for both teams and both teams execute the philosophy. As the Heat and Pacers get ready for their upcoming game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse it remains to be seen which philosophy will prevail.

The trend has been for Indiana to come out on top as Miami has struggled against the Pacers defense. The last time these two teams met Indiana held the Heat to season lows in scoring and season highs in turnovers. Despite fair performance from the Big Three of James, Wade, and Bosh, the remainder of the Miami Heat were almost completely eliminated from the game. No bench means no win in Indiana.

It’s an extremely impressive show of force from the Pacers. In an NBA where scoring is at a premium, and the Heat lead the Eastern Conference at 1-2 points, Indiana is making a living by shutting down offense. This time they’ll have to do it against a Miami Heat that is on somewhat of a roll, having won five of their last six games, but is still struggling to find a presence on the road where they’re an average 11-10. For the Miami Heat it’s becoming a focal point for improvement.

“We want to get better on the road.” says Dwyane Wade.

They’re going to have to get better on the road if they have any hope of beating the Pacers on their home court.

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