The Indiana Pacers will face rival Miami Heat in their home court Saturday for the crucial Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Miami Heat is coming off an 11-point victory over the Pacers Thursday to lead the Eastern Conference finals 3-2.
The tie-breaker game took place at Miami's home court with the Heat struggling to keep pace with Pacers in the first two quarters of the game until the Heat's Udonis Haslem fired a series of baseline shots that triggered a rally for the Heat that ended in a 90-79 victory.
The highly charged and physical game caused a one-game suspension of Heat's Chris Andersen due to a flagrant foul.
The Heat is going for a win on Saturday to end the Eastern Conference series and earn for them the right to face San Antonio Spurs for another season title.
But the Pacers have what it takes to spoil Heat's plan to grab the Eastern Conference finals title in game 6.
First, the Pacers are playing in their home court with the hometown crowd and die-hard fans cheering for them. But having the crowd behind them would not be enough to scare off their guest. The Pacers should be able to put more pressure on Heat's superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Having a bigger and taller lineup than the Heat, Pacers's big men should be able to gang up on James and Bosh to limit their conversions.
And if Paul George can find a way to neutralize Heat's star James, they will have a fighting chance to stretch the series to game 7.
In the last game, Heat's Andersen has been effective in controlling Pacers' big men in rebounds and now that he won't be in the game on Saturday due to his suspension, they can go for the ball with less intervention.
Secondly, business dictates that another game (Game 7) will bring extra revenue for the teams and the NBA as well. Pacers will be happy to contribute to an increased revenue for all stakeholders and if they can stretch the series to Game 7, they can earn another trip to Miami for the title.
The Heat hopes to end the series Saturday night but the Pacers are going for Game 7 for the right to face San Antonio Spurs for the NBA tile.
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