Five Reasons the Miami Heat Will Beat the Indiana Pacers
Well, well, well, it looks like we have ourselves a good ol' fashioned Mexican standoff here . After eight months of basketball, the Miami Heat find themselves right where they always figured they would be, four games from their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance, with only the Indiana Pacers standing in their way. After all the ups and downs, we will get the Eastern Conference Finals rematch we all anticipated seeing since October at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in Indianapolis.
The Heat come into the East Finals coasting, having won eight of the nine games they have played...and they are undefeated at home. The Pacers on the other hand? Not so much. They have been a total soap opera. The Pacers were brought to the brink of elimination before defeating the eighth-seeded Hawks in seven games, then had an up and down bi-polar six games series win against the Wizards in the semi-finals. None of that matters now, because regardless of how the two teams got here; here they are.
So as you gear up for the game -- to be televised on ABC -- and the sleepless next two weeks of your life, here are five reasons why the Miami Heat will once again crush the Indiana Pacers hopes and dreams, sending them back to Paul George's boat to catch more bait sized fish.
1. Dwyane Wade is fully healthy, just like the Heat planned.
"OMG why isn't Dwyane Wade playing against the Celtics in November?!". This is why, don't you ever doubt the maintenance Spogram ! Wade seems to be his healthiest all season at the perfect time, evidenced by his 12 points in the first quarter for the first time in 179 games against the Nets Wednesday. Oh, and Wade has a history of breaking the Indiana Pacers backs, it's a tradition of his.
2. Udonis Haslem is bout' that life.
Udonis Haslem is rested and ready to add another chapter to the badassery that has been his Miami Heat career, David West and Roy Hibbert got problems. Many thought Greg Oden would be the man tasked the job to stop Roy Hibbert when we got to this point in the year, nope, that's your boy. In the limited minutes Udonis Haslem has covered the Pacers giant, the Heat have outscored the Pacers by more than 20 points. Don't you ever count out your boy UD, he's going to be huge in this series for the Miami Heat.