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Tuesday morning Heat-Pacers quick hits

A few quick hits while waiting for Game 4 of Heat-Pacers:

### Even if the Heat wins Tuesday and Thursday, an NBA spokesman said the league will not move up the start of the Finals before the scheduled start date on Thursday, June 6. Then there would be a short break before Game 2 on Sunday, June 9. So the Western Conference champion Spurs will end up playing one game in the next 12 days.

### The Heat is the first team to win five road playoff games in a row by double digits, and Chris Bosh has a theory why this group thrives away from home:

“There's a higher degree of difficulty. You're a lot more uncomfortable on the road. A lot more unsure of yourself and your team. That creates a sense of coming together and more of a sense of urgency, because you have to play your best on the road if you're going to win.

“That kind of atmosphere, we live for that, we stand up to it. We just have to do it again.”

### Much of the talk during Monday’s availability focused on how the Pacers will defend LeBron James if he ventures into the post again, as he did several times in Game 2.

Paul George, who has had the primary defensive assignment on James, said: “You can't give him five dribbles at the block. [If you do], you're giving him two points.” George expects more help from other defenders.

“When we say we don't double the post, that never means that we leave the guy guarding LeBron James on a complete island like we did last night,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.  “It should never look like that. We've got to definitely be more active in our gaps and in our seams and making him see more than one defender.”

###  But can Roy Hibbert leave the player he’s guarding to help George when LeBron goes to the post?

“When guys are shooting like the way they did last night, no, you can't,” Hibbert said. “But somebody has to give something up. I would rather somebody take a 15, 17‑foot jump shot as opposed to a higher percentage shot in the paint.”

### Pacers guard George Hill had an odd answer when asked about the Heat scoring 70 points in the first half.

“I don't remember it now. I went to sleep. I had some Nyquil and stuff. I really don't remember the 70 points. That's not our defense. Everyone knows that.”

### Hibbert said Haslem was talking to him after hitting jump shots in Game 3. What did he say?

“I don't know,” Haslem said.  “I had my mouthpiece in. It probably sounded like a bunch of jibberish to him.”

### Dwyane Wade, on how much better he and LeBron James work together on the court than the early stages of the Big Three era:  “We've come a long, long way. The first year obviously we both were alphas, and we both played similar kind of games. 

“LeBron was out on the perimeter a lot more. And I think he took upon himself last year, especially in the playoffs, to really get in the post. And they gave us a different dynamic. Over the last three years I've been in the post more than I normally was as well.”

### Among Erik Spoelstra’s biggest concerns: “That front line is still pummeling us. It's big. They're powerful.  They don't let you off the hook. They put us in compromising positions where we're fouling right now or giving up second‑chance opportunities.”            

### Chris Andersen, who has shot 13 for 13 in this series, is the first player in NBA history to make all his shots in four consecutive playoff games (minimum two shots per game).

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jmike

Where are the fire Spo people now.

Buster

They are nowhere.....like always....

Reality Bites

Just when you start doubting this team they remind you how good they are. And we are still waiting for Battier, Allen, Chalmers and Cole to hit their threes.
Go Heat!!

Delusion Swallows

How terrible a fan would you have to be to start doubting a team that's been to back to back Finals because they lost a game in the ECF to get tied up at 1-1?

Dom

Thats the funny thing. We lose 1 game n its fire spo. The guy is about to take us to 3 straight finals and we are 47-4 in last 51 games inc 23-1 in road games...... Unbelievable heat fans.,

Should Indy win 1 home game, its only 2-2 and we have home court still so Just relax people. Lebron james will not lose to the indiana pacers

TK SWAN

THANKS DOM FOR MAKING THAT POINT! LET'S RELAX HEAT FANS ENJOY THE GAME TONIGHT DON'T LET THE MEDIA MAKE US FEEL LIKE WE CAN'T WIN THIS SERIES EVEN IF INDIANA WINS TONIGHT(THEY BETTER). THE TALK NOW IS THE HEAT WON'T BEAT SAN ANTONIO?? WAIT A MINUTE!! LET'S FINISH THIS ONE FIRST PLEASE. THIS WILL PROBABLY MOTIVATE INDIANA TONIGHT! WHO CARES? LOOK FOR LEBRON OR WADE TO GET IN FOUL TROUBLE TONIGHT AND FOR THE PACERS TO GO TO THE LINE 40 TIMES? IF THEY DON'T AND THE HEAT 3PT SHOT RETURNS HEAT WILL WIN TONIGHT AND CLOSE OUT A CLOSE GAME ON THURSDAY(EXACTLY ONE WEEK FROM START OF FINALS) MY PREDICTION TONIGHT IS PACERS GET A GIFT GAME AND THERE LAST ONE!!

D-Rod

Heat fans don't call for Spo to be fired..it is the ignorant and boisterous minority that do that. So please, when they do, ignore the ignorant and post thoughts that are just that, thoughtful.

Raz

The "HEAT" fans calling for Spo to be fired are really Knick fans who want him to go to NY.

green

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@procanes check out the official trailer for @theUreloaded
-- @TheUReloaded

BUY THE TRUCKLOAD

jo jo

GO HEAT.

rboud

Riley has complete confidence in Spo, as he should. He lets Spo handle everything because he knows he has a fine coach. Most of all, Spo has earned the respect of his players. LeBron and Wade know how good a coach he is. That's enough for me.

Reality Bites

As a clarification the doubters I mentioned are the media types. I have said many times the only team that can beat the Heat is themselves.
Delusion swallows, yeas it does, ask the canes. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery so I'm flattered.
Little green pea enough with the sorry cane talk get with the program.
Go Heat!!

green

https://twitter.com/MiamiRadioBeast/status/309512159610691584/photo/1

Love that Blake James @CanesAllAccess lobbied @ESPN to make the @MiamiHurricanes UF game a night game. Why he is a great AD. Has his finger on the pulse
-- BrianTheBeastLondon ‏

what's this guy done that's so great besides acknowledge your disgusting presence ...
effort may go far at the ymca ...
but only results matter in the real world ...

FAT SLOBBERING

green

Little green pea enough with the sorry cane talk get with the program.
Go Heat!!

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/28/2013 at 02:51 PM

I post what interests me ...
I post what I want you to read ...
oh say can you see ...

TOUGH NOOGIE

green

For the moment, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s priorities involve partnerships:

The Big 12 is continuing talks with the Atlantic Coast Conference about a likely football scheduling alliance, including neutral-site games.

“I think there’s a reasonably good chance we will,” Bowlsby said. “I’d like to do it as soon as we can possibly can. Within two or three years, we can have some format of games between the two leagues.”
- dallas morning news

I don't think the ACC is going to be in a rush...outside of Pitt-WVU and Texas/Oklahoma what are the attractive match ups.

The ACC already plays an 8 game schedule with ND committed to playing 5 ACC schools....not to mention the current in-state ACC/SEC Matchups with Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Vandy-Wake Forest, Florida-Florida State & Louisville-Kentucky.
-- Maize

WHAT'S THE BIG TO-DO

green

Left-field idea:

There are 10 Big XII teams. There are 14 ACC teams, 4 of which have traditional, in-state rivalry games. So maybe the ACC-Big XII "scheduling alliance" leaves out FSU, GT, Clemson and Louisville?

Maybe that puts Pitt-West Virginia back in the picture annually, with the other 9 games on a rotating basis?
-- johnbragg

TEXAS LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O1lmKheOPM

So word on the street is that Miami and Arkansas State have scheduled a home and home
-- CaneFan@ArkSt

will somebody tell this meshugana of an AD ...
sophisticated south florida thumbs its nose at no-name foes ...

I THINK I'M GONNA HURL

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