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So much for LeBron’s trash talking being “a sign of weakness.” (32 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and a flurry of highlights from King James.)
So much for Chris Bosh’s inefficiency against Indiana. (25 points, including the game’s first 8 points.)
So much for Indiana’s size advantage over Miami. (Roy Hibbert: 0 points, 5 boards.)
So much for everything the Pacers have worked to attain this season. (Eastern Conference’s top seed to secure homecourt advantage, only to have the Heat win Game 2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.)
So much could be said of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but does any of it come as a real shock?
The Heat leapt out to an 8-0 lead, thanks exclusively to Bosh’s scorching start. Miami’s center nailed two three-pointers and another jump shot early, pulling Hibbert away from the basket where he’s most comfortable defending. Hibbert looked timid as he attempted to track down Bosh on the perimeter, looking for—and unable to find—his legs each time Bosh launched a J.
Miami didn’t look back after that.
Not once did the Heat give up the lead, at one point securing a 25-point advantage. Even the 102-90 final score doesn’t properly paint Miami’s dominance throughout.
Looking up at a 3-1 deficit, the Pacers’ championship dreams in 2014 are swiftly declining. Heading back to Indiana for what could be their last game of the season, the Pacers face a new challenge: win or stay home.