Blame exhaustion for those late missed free throws; LeBron was running on fumes by the end. James attacked in the pick-and-roll but couldn't get to the rim easily, settling for jumpers and one-handed 15-foot floaters in the early going. Some of them went through the net, but that's not a sustainable formula for LeBron.
Straight-up missed a point-blank layup at the end. That touch pass to LeBron for the slam in the first quarter was a thing of beauty. So was his two-handed block on the 6-foot-10 Paul George. The rest of his night? Not as sensational. The Pacers did a much better job walling off the paint in Game 2, but Wade didn't see a jumper he didn't like.
They need to find a way to get him more shots on the perimeter; offensively, he just doesn't have much going for him if he's not raining from long range. Battier did a serviceable job guarding Danny Granger and David West in spurts, but it should be concerning that LeBron still looked gassed. That was Battier's job: to keep LeBron fresh.
This might be nothing more than a fluke, but the Heat 3-point shooters couldn't hit water if they threw a rock in Biscayne Bay. So far, they are shooting a putrid 1-for-22 in the series. This hasn't torpedoed their games so far because the Pacers have been nearly as bad, but the Heat won't get anywhere if they fail to make teams pay for packing the paint.
The Heat and Pacers couldn't look more opposite in the scoring column. While the Heat were top-heavy with LeBron and Wade, the Pacers attacked from all angles. There wasn't a signature performance from the Pacers, but they did a great job of protecting the paint. David West (16 points, 10 rebounds) gets the game ball.