The Pacers got the best of the Heat earlier this season, beating Miami 87-77 on January 8. In that game Pacers forward Paul George out played the reigning MVP Lebron James in their head-to-head matchup. George scored a game-high 29 points and added 11 rebounds compared to James 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven turnovers. Round two won’t be easy, George certainly not surprising teams anymore after having a break out year which earned him All-Star status.
“Dwayne Wade and Lebron James are top athletes and they are defaintly going to be gunning for me just on the simple fact that they lost a tough one here,” said George.
“When you have an All Star, you’re the focal point of the other team’s game plan and things are going to get tougher for Paul. It’s all going to be part of his growth,” said Head Coach Frank Vogel.
Friday’s matchup against the Heat will be at home, a place the Pacers have been extremelly dominate this season. They are 17-3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse which includes a 12 game winning streak.
“We’ve been playing great ball here. Everytime we step out we expect to win. That’s the confidence we’ve been playing at regardless of who we are playing,” said George.
The game is scheduled to tip off Friday at 7 p.m.