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Heat vs. Pacers: There's a lot in the line

Heat vs. Pacers: There's a lot in the line

Posted by Liliana Castaño on May 21, 2014

Well, here we are again. Pacers. Heat. Eastern Conference Finals. The matchup that has been predicted/we all wanted since before the season tipped off has come to fruition.

For the second season in a row, these teams are battling to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Obviously, that is enough to make the series captivating, but, there is much, much more at stake for both teams.

Future of the Pacers

We all know what could happen to Indy’s roster when the season ends. The biggest piece in question is Lance Stephenson. There is no guarantee Born Ready is wearing blue and gold next season. While Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West and George Hill are slated to return (though you never know with Larry Legend), in today’s NBA, it’s very hard to win a title with just one elite player (George).

Future of the Heat

Much like Indiana, Miami’s roster is very much in question. For each of the Big 3, the sunshine of South Beach may no longer be home. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade can opt out of their contracts, and though Bosh said he and James will stay, you can never be sure until the ink dries on the paper. Each situation — a win or loss to Indiana — presents two very different roads for the Heat.

 Paul George’s Reputation

As the Pacers have had an up-and-down season, so has Paul George. Until the All-Star break, he was an MVP-candidate, perhaps the league’s third-best player. Immediately after, a sharp downturn began, and quickly, the conversation switched to whether George was really one of the league’s elite.

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