It’s been one-year in the making, but the Eastern Conference Finals will match up the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat starting Wednesday night. Both teams are ready for the matchup and there certainly isn’t any love lost between the two squads.
A year ago in the playoffs, Indiana coach Frank Vogel raised the ire of the Miami Heat by accusing them of flopping.
The easiest part of the playoff schedule for the Miami Heat is behind them and now the real test begins as the team awaits either the Indiana Pacers or the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“It’s just a matter of who wants it more,” Carmelo Anthony said. On Thursday night, that was the Knicks.
Whichever players are on the court for the Knicks when they try to save their season Thursday night, coach Mike Woodson just wants them to shoot with confidence.
The Indiana Pacers finally figured it out.
The Knicks have looked downright anemic offensively and it doesn’t appear their bench is getting much better, literally.
Amar’e Stoudemire will likely be limited to about 10 to 15 minutes per game if he is able to return during New York’s playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.
“I think for the most part, from the start of the game and throughout the whole game, I think we played with a sense of urgency today,” Anthony said after the game. “We played the way we’ve been playing as far as competing at the highest level.”
The Knicks will not concede they have a “big” problem — yet. Check back if they lose Game 2 on Tuesday night.
The Pacers are classic Eastern Conference bruisers, while the Knicks are countering with something closer to small ball. So far, Indiana’s way is bigger, badder and better.
David West and Paul George lead the Pacers to a convincing Game 5 win over the Atlanta Hawks.