Thoughts on tonight’s game 7:
For the Pacers to win Rob Hibbert will have to score 20+ and have 10+ rebounds.
Pacers have to out rebound the Heat. When they out rebound Miami, they neutralize the effectiveness of birdman and Battier.
Hibbert needs to stay out of foul trouble. If Miami is smart, they will use Lebron to attack the basket early on and draw quick fouls on Hibbert. I don’t know why they haven’t done this in every game. When Hibbert is not on the court, the Pacers are just not the same team.
Don’t expect the Pacers to get any close calls in game 7. The NBA is about money, and the Heat generates more revenue than the Pacers. So I will be shocked if the refs give the Pacers any questionable calls in their favor. I hope the game will be called fairly, but I won’t hold my breath.
In the end, I think Miami wins. If Hibbert gets into early foul trouble, the Heat will win easily. Of course, this Miami team routinely underachieves, so the Pacers have a chance.