Miami finally did it. They finally took care of business in a winner-takes-all Game 7 in Miami and Lebron James had 32 points and Dwyane Wade had 21 points in a 99-76 rout. Miami could’ve taken care of business with Indiana, but they were lackadaisical in their approach in handling basketball matters with the Pacers. Here’s why: one, you didn’t bring your patent fast break with Wade and James immediately from the tip-off and instead of playing to your strengths like relying on athleticism and speed, they played directly into the Indiana Pacers’ tempo and game of pace where the Pacers were bringing their size and muscle and physicality into the Heat and into the paint. The Miami Heat didn’t impose their speed game and their two-man fast break of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. I really think the Heat are fortunate, not lucky, to win against Indiana, because the Pacers were really making Miami take and make tough shots. Every shot Miami was taking was because Indiana was making them take the shot.
It was nearly impossible for Miami to bring size and physicality into the Pacers, because Roy Hibbert is much taller than Miami’s frontline and the Heat had to bring Chris Andersen, the Birdman, off the bench to show Indiana how much fortitude they had against a bigger Pacers team. I felt like the Indiana Pacers, Frank Vogel’s squad, had the upper hand throughout the series, because they didn’t rely on size, but imposed it on the Miami Heat and several times throughout the series, the Pacers really did seem like they had the series lead. It felt like the Pacers were up 3 games to 1 or something. It was a close battle to the end.
Congrats to the Miami Heat team for winning a 7-game series in a Game 7, where Indiana had Miami on the ropes throughout the entire seven games they had played. Indiana really took it to the Heat.