So here we are again, one year on and the Heat and Pacers prepare to do battle on the hardwood once again. The Pacers have waited all year for this, their drive to finish with the top seed in the conference was all with this one goal in mind- to beat the Heat.
Unfortunately for the Pacers, they are not coming into this series in the same sort of form as last year. Roy Hibbert is still blowing hot and cold and Paul George is still to realize the sort of star power he needs to take over a series.
Meanwhile the Heat are in full-fledged playoff mode, only losing one game in their two series so far. Miami have done a great job of keeping Dwyane Wade healthy throughout the run in and despite not having home advantage in the playoffs for the first time in more than two years; they have a great chance to progress once again.
Prediction: The Pacers might be able to get their act together and play the Heat tough, but I can’t imagine much drama here.
Heat 4-2 Pacers
The Spurs, like the Pacers are on a mission of vengeance. They were just a matter of seconds away from being crowned champions last year, only to be denied cruelly. They’re back this year and have only glory on their minds.
San Antonio made it this far with a season of ruthless efficiency. They had the best record in the entire NBA and, despite having a few troubles with dispatching the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, are now hitting top form.
Meanwhile the Thunder have ridden the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook train into the playoffs once again. Durant has been crowned MVP for the first time in his career and is now looking to make it a MVP-Championship double. However, the Thunder’s drawback, as it has been for the past few years is the coaching ability of Scott Brooks. Will Brooks be outmatched by Gregg Popovich? Or can he get one over on the legend?
Prediction: The Spurs are a great team but the Thunder has the best player on the court and sometimes that just matters more.
Thunder 4-3 Spurs