Found May 21, 2013 on
I waited a couple of days for the dust to settle after that New York series to ponder whether the Indiana Pacers have a leigitmate shot at upsetting the defending NBA champs Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals this year. I have not yet seen a single expert daring to pick the Pacers in this 7-game series, but to the Pacers' credit, there are no predictions for sweeps either. It's going to be 5, 6 or 7 games, but the victor, in the end, will no doubt be Miami. Or so we are led to believe.
The majority of "experts" also picked the Knicks to beat the Pacers, and but for a New York-like scoring binge in game 2 and a George Hill concussion in game 5, it actually turned out to be a rather one-sided series in favor of the Pacers.
This is not the same team that struggled to finish the year and the one that looked very vulnerable in the first few games of the first round against the Atlanta Hawks. These Pacers appear locked in, and while their offense still c...
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Paul George is not content showing that he can compete with the Miami Heat on the court. Oh no. The Indiana Pacers forward is trying to show that he can also compete with them off of it.
George, the NBA’s Most Improved Player, strolled into American Airlines Arena for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals wearing that green outfit. He’s got clean white shoes on, sparkling green...
Paul George rocked the craziest outfit of the 2013 NBA Playoffs during pre-game of the Pacers Game 1 showdown against the Heat.
The Indiana Pacers missed a golden opportunity to steal Game 1 from the Heat in Miami. The Heat have not played for a week and the Pacers took them to overtime, but came up short. With the Pacers down 92-89 in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter Indiana small forward Paul George nailed a deep three-pointer with just 0.7 seconds left on the clock to force overtime. George finished...
Tweet Indiana Pacers wing Paul George has made a name for himself with his play this season, but his biggest moment may have came in game one of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, when he buried this long three to send the game into overtime: George finished the game with 27 points, [...]
Indiana Pacers guard Paul George delivered in a big way during Game 1 against the Miami Heat. With LeBron James right in his face and his team down by three with a little under a second remaining, George still found a way to sink the deep three.
You were good, Paul George. Just not quite good enough.
As George raced to the 3-point line to close out on LeBron James, who was receiving an inbounds pass with two seconds on the clock, there was an overwhelming sense that viewers had seen this situation before. George and the Pacers led the Heat by one point in overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Twenty years...
LeBron James and Paul George get high marks for saving the day for both of their teams.
The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers kicked off the Eastern Conference finals with an explosive mix of last second heroics from both clubs.
The difference between George and James is the timing of their respective big moments.
LeBron James capped off his night with a dramatic overtime buzzer...
The Indiana Pacers needed a career-high game from Lance Stephenson to take down the New York Knicks in Game 6.
Stephenson chipped in 25 points on Saturday as the Pacers walked away with a hard fought 106-99 win to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Stephenson also secured 10 rebounds while Paul George contributed 23 points to the Pacers’ collection plate.
Three critical mistakes by Pacers.
1- Not having Hibbert in the game.
2- Paul George overplaying LeBron on the catch.
3- Not mugging LeBron as soon as made his turn toward the basket.
LeBron James also gets credit for doing things you expect the best player in the world to do. He also messed around and got a Triple-Double.
What happened: The Game 1 blues almost got Miami again.
The Heat, who suffered an unexpected loss to Chicago in the opener of their previous series, nearly met the same fate Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. But they came back from three points down in overtime to defeat Indiana 103-102 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Forward LeBron James made a driving...
After Paul George hit three straight free throws to give the Indiana Pacers a one-point lead, it appeared that the Miami Heat were going to lose game one of the Eastern Conference Finals with only 2.2 seconds left.
That was until a great playcall from Heat coach Eric Spolestra gave LeBron James an uncontested game-winning lay-up seen below:
Where are thou?, Roy Hibbert
Will LeBron James and the Heat drive by Paul George and the Pacers? (Credit)
The Miami Heat have LeBron James — the best basketball player in the world, the league’s most valuable player for two years in a row and four out of five, and one of the all-time greatest to ever play the game. Along with James, Miami has his best friend: Dwyane Wade — the Finals MVP in 2006, two...
The initial reaction is of course one of disappointment, bitterness, and maybe even anger. After all, the Indiana Pacers just about had the game won, but LeBron James, being the MVP, superstar, one of the GOATs that he is, blew by Paul George for a game-winning layup at the buzzer. And so game 1 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals ended in an 103-102 OT thriller in Miami.
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My Pick: Pacers in 7
This series comes down to matchups, and I think that the Pacers have the ability to get the best of the Heat.
Point Guard: George Hill v. Mario Chalmers
This is a tough one. Typically, I would go with George Hill, but since his concussion, I am skeptical about how he will perform. However, I do think that he will rebound from his poor Game...