C.J. Miles SF; head, out
C.J. Watson PG; foot, out
George Hill PG; ankle, out
David West PF: knee, out
Rodney Stuckey SG; foot, out
Danny Granger SF; hamstring, day-to-day
Justin Hamilton C; groin, out
A Conference Finals rematch between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat will take place Wednesday Night in South Beach, Florida.
Each team gas changed a lot since last season. LeBron James Miami to go back to his old home in Ohio. Paul George broke his tibia in a USA basketball exhibition game and is out for the entire season most likely.
In the off season Chris Bosh earned himself a large max contract. So far he has lived up to that. Leading the charge for the Heat, hes averaging 23.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Without LeBron on the Heat team, Bosh is heavily relied on for offense.
For the Pacers Roy Hibbert has been the focus of the offense, and often Frank Vogel looks to play through him. So far this year hes looking like the classic all-star caliber Roy Hibbert, and that’s the one they’ll need. So far hes averaging 14.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game. Those are numbers we would love to stay consistent.
The story of intrigue is Danny Granger facing his old team. Last off season Larry Bird looked to sign Danny Granger again, but Lance Stephenson took to long to decide on his contract and and Danny signed with Miami. It will be nice to see Danny again, but business as usual we need to beat Miami.
The Pacers coming off a win vs. Utah, they’ll need to build on this and hold down the fort until the Pacers injured players get back. They’re going to need another solid game form Solomon Hill on both sides of the basketball. He will be challenged guarding Dwayne Wade and likely will struggle to score points on the defensive side.
Chris Copeland has recently been starting for Indiana Due to C.J. Miles recent migraine issues. Copeland will have a very tough match up against defensive savvy Loul Deng.
I expect a competitive game in South Beach. The Pacers should match up decently despite injuries. If Roy Hibbert can dominate Chris Bosh like he has in the past, a victory is very possible. The issue would be scoring points, if the Pacers can reach the triple digit mark, they can win this game.