Responding to a question from Jim Rome if the Heat could beat the Pacers in a seven game series George said the following:
"We don’t. I mean, we know how well we play at home. We were one of the best teams in the postseason last year defending our home court. We just know how big home-court advantage is when it comes down to postseason. That’s one of our main goals this year is to lock up the first seed so we can have the opportunity to play at home throughout the whole playoffs."
This season, the Pacers have improved to a 20-1 record at home, en route to a 31-7 overall record, that leads the Eastern Conference. Miami is currently at 27-11, needing to make up four games.
During the 2013 postseason, Indy only lost at home once, Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. George was poor in that game but feels both he and the team have improved greatly, the experience benefitting them immensely.
Indiana pushed the series to seven games but got blown out during Game 7 in Miami, 99-76. George had one of his worst games of the playoffs, fouling out in 34 minutes while posting just seven points.
With Miami sputtering (5-5 in their past 10 games, losing three in a row), Indiana has separated itself as the No. 1 seed.
The matchup is sure to be the Eastern Conference final game this year, and the Pacers will be looking to avenge their elimination from last year.