Ridiculous ear-blowing aside, LeBron James and company are on the verge of something historic in Game 6. No team since 1987 has made the NBA Finals four years in a row, and with the Miami Heat pushing the Indiana Pacers to the brink despite an off-night from the King, things are looking up heading back to Miami.
A review of official NBA odds shows that the Heat are heavy favorites in Game 6. Here are three keys to what could be the decisive game in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Even a Little LeBron Will Do
LeBron had the worst performance of the NBA playoffs career on Wednesday night, putting up just seven while struggling with foul trouble and ear-blowing alike all game.
That simply won’t happen again, and even if it does the Heat should be just fine if Dwyane Wade (18 points), Chris Bosh (20 points), and Ray Allen (15 points) continue to step up the way they did in Game 5. James has averaged 27.3 PPG in these playoffs, and will comfortably clear 20 in one of his classic raging bounceback games.
Home Sweet Home
While the Pacers have proven pesky when they muster every inch of offense they can, they haven’t had a sniff in South Beach. The Heat have won by an average of 12.5 points in the two games at American Airlines, and the crowd will be dialed to maximum excitement on Friday night.
Roy Hibbert, the epicenter of the inconsistent storm that has been Indiana for the past three months, has put up at least two single-digit games per series in these playoffs, including no less than six against Atlanta. While he has had some success in this series, averaging 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds, Hibbert is due for an extended fishing trip.