Two games in and the doubters were out in force.
The Heat were tied with the Pacers 1-1 after two games in Miami (and should be down 0-2, they said). The supporting cast was awful. Dwyane Wade was banged up and inconsistent. And Indiana was standing up to -- and running over -- the defending NBA champs.
The Eastern Conference finals were more than a speed bump; they looked like they had become a full-blown roadblock for LeBron & Co. Then the series headed to Indianapolis on Sunday, and the Heat responded with one of the greatest playoff games. Ever. By any team.
Don't believe us? Look at the numbers, starting with that supporting cast:
40 -- Combined points by Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem.
84 -- Shooting percentage of Andersen, Chalmers and Haslem, who went 16 of 19 from the field.
88.9 -- Shooting percentage by Haslem (on 8-of-9 shooting), a Miami Heat franchise playoff record.
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