By Dan Leach

By: Dan Leach

Follow Dan Leach on Twitter @dtmleach


(Current Line Heat -7 Total 181.5)

In an Eastern Conference Finals series of amazing twists and turns, there will be one more before we know who will be playing the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. The “never-say-die” Pacers have had their backs against the wall seemingly the whole series, but have always been able to find a way out to higher ground. This Pacers team is not afraid of Miami and as they showed in their game six win, have what it takes and seem ready to force what would be an absolute stunning upset. The Heat finished the regular season 37-2 and all season long has been the biggest favorite since Jordan’s Bulls to win the NBA title. They have seemed to meet their match though in the gritty Pacers.

Now the Heat, who many thought would in essence waltz to another Championship, have to play a team with no fear and nothing to lose, and whose youth seems to be thriving when the most is at stake. Roy Hibbert showed again in game six why he is fast becoming the best center in basketball and Paul George is becoming a star in front of our eyes.

The Heat might be one of the best NBA teams assembled in the past 25 years, but for all the immense talent they have, not to mention the hands down best player in the game in LeBron, they seem to not be able get out of their own way at the worst times against these Pacers. The Birdman’s hustle and passion were definitely missed in game six and he will be back for this one, which is a huge plus for Miami. The key for the Heat though will be getting big games out of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, who was basically non-existent in the game six loss. Their combined 15 point output was the lowest haul for the two in their three seasons together.
The Pacers seem to be at their best when their backs are against the wall and there is no more dire situation for a team than a game seven. The crowd in Miami will be on fire and you know LeBron will show up like he has all season long, but there is something that tells me that we are in for a shocker Monday night. Look for Hibbert to have a monster game and George to take over when it matters most. The Pacers ability to completely frustrates your offensive sets is why they have gotten to this point and that will be a key if they are going to move on to the NBA Finals.

Follow Dan Leach on Twitter @dtmleach


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