Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 5/23/12
Wow, where to start with Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat? The lackluster play from the get-go for the Pacers? The three flagrant fouls called? The injuries to Danny Granger and David West? Team president Larry Bird calling out his players for going soft? The Heat pretty much controlled the entire game Tuesday en route to a 115-83 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena and a 3-2 series lead, but the real story of this game might have been the juicy story lines it has produced for the next 48 hours leading up to Thursday’s pivotal Game 6 in Indianapolis. The game itself never was realistically competitive. The Pacers allowed the Heat’s Shane Battier to hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter — a specialty he previously had struggled to execute in this series. Miami hit 56.2 percent of its shots from beyond the arc. Indiana again allowed LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to explode. James had 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight ass...
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