Please see our last post, if you haven’t, on Nevin Shapiro lashing out at UM and the NCAA, and a look at the potential fallout of the revelation – reported by The Herald earlier Sunday – that Shapiro lied under oath about a matter unrelated to the UM case.
Some postscripts from the Heat’s 114-96 Game 3 win at Indiana, highlighted by a 70-point first half:
### Udonis Haslem had impeccable timing on his most impactful game of the postseason: 17 points (8 for 9 shooting) and 7 rebounds in just 23 minutes, which is actually a few minutes more than he usually plays.
He shot 5 for 6 on shots from at least 15 feet from the basket, after making 6 of 19 of those shots in 11 playoff games entering Sunday, according to ESPN's Stats and Information. His 17 points were three shy of his postseason career high.
“He’s the heartbeat of our team,” LeBron James said.
Said Erik Spoelstra: “He has played his biggest in the biggest moments, when you need him, when there’s adversity. In the 10 years I’ve gotten to know him, he cannot be defined by numbers. He’s defined by winning plays and toughness that most players don’t have.”
Pacers center Roy Hibbert said: “Our game plan was to limit those [role] guys, make sure they got nothing. Make the Big Three do all the work. Haslem was the one who really pushed them over the edge. He wasn’t hitting those shots the first two games, so I was helping off him.”
### Smart move by Spoelstra to put James in the post a bunch of times, especially in the second quarter when the Heat extended its lead to 70-56 at halftime. James fully capitalized on his side advantage over Paul George, and the Pacers erred by not double-teaming. He shot 5 for 7 on postups.
"They didn't come down in the post," James said. "It was a one-on-one matchup. I tried to take advantage of it."
“That was something we wanted to get to, to get us to a more physical attack,” Spoelstra said. “We wanted to be more aggressive getting into the paint to see what would happen. LeBron was very committed to not settle.”
Hibbert said: “We have to do a better job of helping Paul out. They spread out us, so I couldn’t do as good a job getting over. We have to make adjustments.”
### James (8 for 17) finished with 22 points, and the Heat outscored Indiana by 22 with LeBron on the court.
George entered with the best plus/minus in the series at plus 17. But the Pacers were outscored by 17 with George on the floor Sunday.
Ugly night for George: 3 for 10 from the field, five turnovers, just 13 points.
“They made it pretty tough to get to the paint,” George said. “They tried to load up on the strong side.”
### Not only is the Heat 5-0 on the road in the playoffs, but Miami became the first team to win five road playoff games in a row by double figures in all of them. Miami has won 23 of its last 24 on the road.
### This was critical: Miami had only five turnovers, a franchise playoff low. What’s more, the Heat shot 54.5 percent from the field and 24 for 28 from the line after struggling on free throws (66.7 percent) in the first two games.
### Wade was highly efficient: 18 points on 8 for 14 shooting, with 8 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. It was his ninth game in a row that he didn’t score 20, but it hardly mattered.
And Wade showed some explosiveness on a couple drives to the basket, which was encouraging in light of his right knee issue.
“This was our best game so far of the playoffs,” Wade said. “Our mindset was to play Miami Heat basketball, the way we know how. The biggest thing is they had a chance to see our halfcourt defense [because] we had only five turnovers in the game. Offensively, we got the shots we wanted.”
### The Heat’s 70 first half points were the most in a half in a playoff game since Golden State scored 70 against Utah in 2007. Miami did it by shooting 63 percent and committing one – one! – turnover.
The key, besides, well, making shots?
“We were more committed to not settling and not letting them off the hook with shots they want us to take,” Spoelstra said. “The ball was moving.”
### Don’t underestimate Mario Chalmers’ impact, especially in the third quarter.
His 14 points were meaningful, and his floor game was sound: four assists, no turnovers. "Mario came out very aggressive [in the third]," Wade said. "It gave them something to worry about."
### Chris Andersen, who shot 4 for 4, had 9 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes and is now 13 for 13 from the field in the series. And, oh by the way, his 85.4 percent shooting in the postseason is the best in NBA playoff history for players with at least 40 shots.
### Hibbert closed with 20 points and 17 rebounds but shot just 4 for 12. David West had 21 points and 10 rebounds, but this was key: When Chris Bosh (15 points, 3 rebounds) left with his fourth foul with 7:41 left in the third, the Heat led 74-67.
The Heat then went small, with Shane Battier and Haslem, but the Pacers couldn’t take advantage, and the lead swelled to 87-73 before Andersen entered with 2:27 to go in the third.
During the time the Heat went small with Haslem and Battier, West shot 0 for 3, and Hibbert’s impact was limited (four points).
“They made some adjustments – started rolling off pick and rolls and caught us off guard in that respect,” West said. “They did a good job of moving the ball. LeBron wasn’t holding it. Wade wasn’t holding it. And guys made shots.”
Said Battier: “I’m not the biggest guy, if you haven’t noticed, but I can play with energy and be disruptive.”
### Ray Allen, who hadn’t made a three-pointer in Indiana in two prior games this year, hit 2 of 4, and the Heat was 6 for 14 beyond the arc.
Battier finally hit a shot (a three), closing 1 for 4. He’s now 1 for 11 in the series, but his defense was exceptional Sunday, and the Heat was plus-16 in Battier’s 21 minutes.
“Tonight, the ball moved,” Allen said. “It wasn’t stagnant. We got some pretty good looks beyond the arc, and it opens the paint a little more. We’ve got some tough-minded individuals on this team.”
### This was one night when the Pacers’ rebounding advantage (45-36) didn’t matter. Not on a night when the Heat was brilliant offensively and not on a night when George, Hibbert and Lance Stephenson (2 for 10, 7 points) all struggled from the field.
Amazingly, the Heat still hasn’t lost consecutive games since Jan. 8 and 10, in Indiana and Portland.
### When a series is 1-1, the team that then wins Game 3 has gone on to win 77 percent of NBA playoff series.