Originally written on The Blue Mare  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Pacers starters Paul George and David West(Photo: Shamus/Getty) How much does America love the Miami Heat? Enough to watch LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and company sit on the bench? In prime time? Against the worst team in the NBA? I don’t think so either. Meanwhile…two young and talented teams, among the best in the league, play in a game that could still have playoff implications for both. That is the game you were originally scheduled to see in the nationally televised prime time spot on Friday night. The Indiana Pacers versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. But ESPN chose to bump that game when the Heat got on a winning streak which lasted for 27 games. The Chicago Bulls did all of us a favor and ended that streak last week. And now, the Heat are resting their starters for the playoffs. On Friday night, they play the Charlotte Bobcats, arguably the worst team in the NBA. And that is the game you will now see Friday night. No, the Pacers don’t have LeBron James. But they do have All Stars Paul George and Roy Hibbert. And David West, who should be an All Star. And Lance Stephenson, and well…you just never know what Lance is going to do. And the best part…they’re actually playing! A missed opportunity to show America another tough NBA playoff team, now on a roll of its own. The Pacers have won five in a row and just came off a four game sweep of the West, which puts them at .500 on the road. If this was the NFL, Friday night’s game would have been flexed back by now. But ESPN is standing by its decision. It’s certainly a call they’ll take some heat for. While the Heat take a seat. That’s fine. We’ll just watch the Pacers on Fox Sports Indiana. And I hope everyone else watches baseball. Or wrestling. Or the Real Housewives of somewhere. The post ESPN takes Heat over bumping Pacers appeared first on The Blue Mare.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Rams, other teams interested in Nick Foles

Jets players rip Patriots over Deflategate

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt' in Deflategate controversy

Odell Beckham Jr. says he played with two hamstring tears

Report: A-Rod apologized to new MLB commissioner

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pete Carroll empathizes with Belichick, Pats in Deflategate

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers with full page newspaper ad

Ray Lewis: Patriots should have asterisk for cheating

Report: Cavs players believed team lacked depth

Richard Sherman calls out Kraft, Goodell over their friendship

Brandon Jennings to miss 6-9 months with Achilles injury

Mark Brunell explains why he got emotional over Deflategate

NFL was profiting off Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab

NFL finally getting its own YouTube channel

20 most amazing stats in Super Bowl history

Six X-factors who could make an impact in Super Bowl XLIX

Five potentially fatal flaws for Patriots in the Super Bowl

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Opposing Packers celebrate Pro Bowl TD

WATCH: Sherman, Peterson hug it out at Pro Bowl

WATCH: Chris Berman is not happy at the Pro Bowl

PHOTO: Brock Lesnar's tramp stamp says ‘Kill ‘em All’

WATCH: Hassan Whiteside blocks five shots in 7 minutes

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Burnell explains why he got emotional

NFL was profiting off Lynch's gesture

NFL finally getting YouTube channel

20 amazing stats in Super Bowl history

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt'

Potential 'X-factor' Super Bowl players

Potential fatal flaws for Pats in SB XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Berman isn't happy at the Pro Bowl

Brandon Jennings out 6-9 months

Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: A-Rod's apology meeting request gets rejected

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.