Spoelstra Expects Physical Pacers Series
With the top-heavy Knicks now dispatched, the Heat turn their attention to a second round series with the balanced and deep Indiana Pacers, the East’s No. 3 seed. Indiana knocked out the Orlando Magic in five games. The two teams will begin their second round series on Sunday.
“The team we’ll be facing is a physical team. It’s a team that’s playing at an extreme high confidence level right now,” (Erik) Spoelstra said. “This next series I’m sure will feel like it’s played in a cage rather than a basketball court. It will be extremely physical.”
Indiana has a true center in Roy Hibbert, multiple scorers in their frontcourt and a number of athletic wings to throw at (LeBron) James and (Dwyane) Wade. Indiana’s rotation can go eight or nine players deep and it’s a no-ego group.
“They have a great inside-out attack, they have great balance,” Spoelstra continued.