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East final preview: Heat vs. Pacers

Eastern Conference final


Coaches: Heat — Eric Spoelstra; Pacers — Frank Vogel

Season series: Tied 2-2.

Outlook: Indiana had the best home record in the league in the regular season (35-6), but in the playoffs it is 3-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. … Miami played it safe with Dwyane Wade all season, giving his problematic knees extra rest so he could excel in the playoffs. That decision has paid dividends. He has played in all nine games, averaging 17.9 points and 4.0 assists and shooting 50 percent from the field. … Hawks guard Jeff Teague thought his team provided the blueprint for beating Indiana. Atlanta stretched Indiana's defense in the first round by using five 3-point shooters, and when the Wizards copied the approach in the semifinals, that, too, gave Indiana trouble. … For the third straight series, Spoelstra is expected to shuffle his rotation as the Heat tries to counter Indiana's frontcourt size with 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert and forward David West.

Times wires

East final preview: Heat vs. Pacers 05/17/14 [Last modified: Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:01pm]
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