Should the Miami Heat be scared of the Indiana Pacers?

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Does someone want to tell LeBron James that the Conference Finals have started? And that these games against the Pacers aren't just a couple of regular season games that he can walk through.

Sure 'The King' put up some decent numbers last night, he finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds - a better tally than any Indiana guys managed. But stats don't mean you played well. 

There was absolutely zero intensity from the two-time Finals MVP last night and if he wants to grab that 'Three-Peat' the Heat have been so desperately craving then he has to step it up another five or six levels. Any more performances like that in this series and it will 2 or 3-0 quicker than he can blink.

The Pacers deserve a lot of credit for their performance last night. They battled, they scrapped and they hit that outside shot with much more consistency than Miami did.

For all the cliches about working hard Indiana really did look like they just wanted it more. There intensity was in top gear from the off. Miami were down by 10 at the half and the Pacers only increased that lead to 13 by the end of the 3rd.

Throughout these playoffs we've gotten used to seeing a team look slow and uninterested at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but for the first time in a long time it wasn't the men in Gold and Blue underwhelming us all.

The Heat have to step it up. It looks like the Pacers have woken from their slumber and put in a performance that resembled the type they were putting in when they stormed past Miami to the top of the Eastern Conference. 

It's far too early to say that Indy are great again, but if Miami put in many more of the games that they did last night then they will make the Pacers look like a title winning side.

Indiana Pacers
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