In a new post I wrote for The Farm Club, I preview the Eastern Conference finals, between Miami and Indiana.
The Miami Heat will take on the Indiana Pacers for the right to go to the NBA Finals, and while the Heat are heavy favorites, the series does not lack intrigue.
The teams are familiar with one another, with Indiana having taken the season series 2-1 this season, while the Pacers also took Miami to six games in the conference semifinals during last year’s playoffs.Indiana boasts a dominant defense, and one that grounded the high-flying New Yorks Knicks offense in the previous round. The Pacers both protected the rim and denied New York at the three-point line, and it will be interesting to see how they will fare against Miami’s top-ranked offense.The Heat come into the conference finals after beating the injury-depleted Chicago Bulls. To their credit, Chicago was able to put up a fight at times, as they took game one, and played the Heat closely in games three and five. Miami, though, was ultimately too much for the Bulls and the outcome of the series was never seriously in doubt.
Here are some things to look at for the coming series, which begins on Wednesday: