Heat Need LeBron and Wade to Be Great to Reclaim Home-Court Advantage in Game 3

May 15th, 2012 by Holly MacKenzie Leave a reply »

The Pacers are heading back to Indiana with their Eastern semis against the Miami Heat tied 1-1, having effectively stolen home-court advantage at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

After a gritty 78-75 Game 2 victory, the Pacers were pleased and the Heat were left looking for answers. Losing Chris Bosh to an abdominal strain early in Game 1, the Heat were able to take care of business, but things were different Tuesday night.

They missed him.

It’s rare that both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade struggle offensively, but when they do, they’re used to having Bosh to go to. Without him on the floor, James and Wade have no choice but to dominate if the Heat want to take control of this series.

Bosh’s backups simply are not good enough to fill the void created by his absence. With Ronny Turiaf or Joel Anthony on the floor, the Pacers basically get to play five-on-four. With the way the Heat role players were playing, it was more like five-on-two, really.

Despite their struggles, the Heat still made a game of it in the fourth quarter and ...

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