Pacers looking for split on the road in Miami
It's game day, a day the Pacers have been waiting on since LeBron James' buzzer-beating layup went through the hoop in Miami Wednesday night.
Now the Pacers are looking for a split on the road in Miami - and perhaps for a little revenge against the Heat as they play the second game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami took the first game of its best-of-seven series with Indiana, in overtime, 103-102. LeBron James won the game with a last-second basket. The contest was marked by 35 ties or lead changes and neither team led by more than seven points.
The Blue and Gold were back at work at American Airlines Arena Friday. They really want to dig into the film from Game 1, and what they saw gave them plenty of confidence.
"We weren't down in the locker room after the game," said Pacers forward David West. "We immediately started a conversation about Game 2 and guys to a man understood there are things we can do in Game 2 to make sure we give ourselves a better opportunity to win."
"We're very encouraged," said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel. "Our belief in our ability to beat this team has strengthened after Game 1. Our familiarity with the playoffs and in the playoff series grows with each day. It grows with each game. There's a lot of things we can definitely do better and our belief is strengthened."
The other note from Thursday's practice: Paul George was picked for third team All-NBA team.
Game 3 will take place Sunday night on the Pacers' home court.
The Heat, meantime, have won 46 of their last 49 games.