Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/23/12

The Indiana Pacers were bound to be blown out at some point in their series against Miami. Too bad it happened on national television. And too bad it caused them to put their backs against the wall.

The Heat closed the second quarter strong and then took off on the Pacers in their 115-83 victory in Game 5. Miami can close out the series on Thursday in Indianapolis.

"Tip your hats to the Miami Heat for playing a great game," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "They kicked our butts, clearly. They defended us by getting out on the break and won the battle on the glass. We learned early in the series that you don't get two wins for a blowout. We just needed to regroup and get Game 6."

It won't be easy to regroup. Forward Danny Granger missed most of the second half after he sprained his left ankle when he came down on LeBron James' foot after shooting a 3-pointer. The Pacers are calling Granger day-to-day.

Paul George likely will slide from shooting guard to small forward, with Leandro Barbosa moving into the starting lineup at shooting guard.

"We will have to have other guys step up," Vogel said. "We will just have to piece it together."

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