michael-garcia - May 25, 2012
It looks like tonight's game six matchup between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers is going to be one you don't want to miss. Udonis Haslem is suspended, Danny Granger is going to play through an ankle sprain, and Erik Spoelstra is sick of Indiana's team going after his guys.
It's going to be tough for Miami without Haslem; they've already been without Chris Bosh for a few games now, so they'll be really thin inside. LeBron James will probably play a lot of power forward and maybe even some at center. The Heat can't afford to be messing around and taking cheap fouls though, so I doubt we'll see them coming out looking to exact revenge on Tyler Hansbrough for bloodying Dwyane Wade in game five, pictured above.
Still, even without Haslem, I think Miami will win a close one tonight. They have really found a rhythm the last couple of games, thanks in large part to LeBron just missing triple doubles in the two straight wins. If he can replicate those performances, or come close, and Wade keeps scoring the way he has over the same two games, Miami should pull it out.
Indiana is playing angry, and while that might have fired them up before, it could backfire on them as well. They need to keep it together and not let Miami get out to any early big leads and quiet the Indiana crowd. If they can do that, they'll have a much better shot at winning, but my gut tells me Miami will close it out.
Check out the highlights from game five to get you pumped for tonight.
Article by Eric Gray