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Where: Game 4 – Eastern Conference Finals – AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami.
When: Tuesday May 27, 01:30 BST
The Miami Heat host the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night hoping to extend their series lead.
Despite making a slow start in every game of this series thus far, the two-time defending champions have managed to put together a late rally to overcome their rivals.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have combined brilliantly to lead from the front, but Ray Allen was pivotal in Game 3 as he went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter to leave the Pacers trailing.
However, it isn’t Miami’s offense that is the most important thing in this match-up, it is their intensity and energy on the defensive end which will ultimately ensure that they see off Indiana for the third straight playoff campaign.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told his team that he wanted to dictate the game and play at their tempo ahead of the last encounter, and aside from some early sloppy play which led to multiple turnovers, Miami turned up the pressure thereafter.
Their swarming defense invariably leads to turnovers which in turn result in points in transition and that is where the likes of James and Wade thrive and are capable of really hurting the Pacers who struggle to keep up.
While the visitors are still enjoying some success inside the paint, if they aren’t able to slow the pace of the game down to a speed that suits their physical play, then this could be another win for Miami and another stubble towards elimination for the visitors.