Even without Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat nearly squeaked out a victory against the Indiana Pacers last night as they dropped the series to 1-1. The Pacers have had no answer for Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, as the dynamic duo went for 28 and 24 points apiece.
For forty-seven and a half minutes, it almost seemed like the Pacers wanted to give the game away as they clanked free throw after free throw late in the fourth quarter.
However, the fatigue may have caught up with the Big Two, as Lebron James missed a pair of free throws and Dwayne Wade missed a crucial layup late in the fourth quarter. Without their starting power forward, Coach Erik Spoelstra has had no choice but to play Lebron the entire 2nd half and Dwayne Wade for the majority of the second half, in order to keep the Heat competitive late in the ball game.
As Games 3 and 4 now move to Indiana, the big question in the Heat locker room is whether or not they can win with the Big 2. Aside from James and Wade, the other Heat players only scored a total of twenty-three points. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers were the third leading scorers with just five points apiece. Meanwhile, the Pacers had four different players score in double figures.
With Chris Bosh out indefinitely for the playoffs, someone else besides James and Wade have to step up their games, in order for the Heat to have a chance to beat the Pacers, let alone win a NBA championship.