I'm feeling blunt today. I think the Pacers are going to win this one. They should have won this last one, but I've got a good feeling about tonight. The Pacers have some more tape to figure out what they stopped doing the second half that had worked so well in the first half. And, while he's certainly not on the same level as LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh is out.* That means that the Heat not only have to figure out how the team is going to adjust for the Pacers, but how they're going to adjust without a key cog in their gears.
*And out indefinitely, which I'm reading as probably out for at least this series, if not the playoffs.
I don't know if it will be tonight or not, but the Pacers are going to come out at some point in this series and blow the Heat out, too. I would say write it down, but, well, that's what we're doing here. At some point, the Pacers are going to shoot the lights out of the building from deep, and the Heat just won't have the firepower to match that. LeBron and Wade are great slashers and creators, but I don't think either are elite shooters. Doesn't mean I'd want to leave either of them wide open from outside, but I don't think the Heat are going to win very many games if they have to depend on those guys making threes. And if the Pacers are draining them, the Heat are going to need to. And how comfortable do you feel with the game in the hands of Mike Miller? From where I'm sitting, I'm find by that.
Anyway, our car should be back on the road sometime today, which means we'll finally be back in our own bed. While I certainly appreciate my in-laws and their hospitality, I'm really excited to be back in our own place with our own stuff. I will miss the HD, though.