Win two at home and the Heat is in The Finals. It kinda makes Thursday's game at AmericanAirlines Arena pretty important.
Game 4 in a nutshell: Roy Hibbert outplayed Chris Bosh, the Heat's bench scored just 11 points and the Pacers outrebounded the Heat by 19. In the simplest of terms, those three reasons are why the Heat is preparing for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals tied with the Pacers 2-2 instead of leading the series 3-1.
Roy Hibbert scored 23 points in Game 4 and pulled down six offensive rebounds. There's your game. In the fourth quarter on Tuesday, the Pacers outrebounded the Heat 16-4. That's what good teams do at home. The Heat, a great team, is now back at home.
From today's paper:
Dan LeBatard puts to words the importance of Game 5 for the Heat. CLICK ME!
Barry Jackson breaks down the rebounding discrepancy in Game 4. CLICK ME!
I take a look at the emergence of Lance Stephenson and how his constant pestering of LeBron James made a big impact late in Game 4. CLICK ME!
David J. Neal crystallizes the importance of home-court advantage in what is now a three-game series. CLICK ME!