INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Indiana Pacers faced off against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their seven game series. The result was a 101-93 win for the Heat, which ties the series up with two wins for each team.
The Pacers suffered from foul troubles throughout the game which helped the Heat score some easy points.
"But you have to give Miami some credit," Hibbert continued, "They played well. Lebron and Wade played together, and obviously we have to be perfect to win these games."
That need to achieve perfection resonated with team. As the Pacers realize they allowed the Heat to capitalize on plays that should have been easy to stop.
"For us, the biggest thing is that we got to be precise." said David West. "A lot of those guys, too much movement yesterday, a little bit too much freedom. I don't think they felt this enough, in terms of their comfort level, and it just had too big of an impact on the game in total."
David West also had foul trouble in Game 4, finding himself with and additional 5 fouls to give the Heat a greater advantage.
"They (James & Wade) scored 70 points. If you add the 15 assists, if those were all 2's, that's another 30. So that is 100 out of their 101 points they had and that is just too much. So we're going to have to limit that to a degree. Knowing that they're great basketball players, they're going to make some tough plays. We just can't give them everything, we can't give them easy stuff."
"Aside from Wade and James," said Head Coach Frank Vogel, "when we're able to play our normal rotation we're very tough to beat. And when we have guys in foul trouble and we're trying to patch in some lineups, that's when we struggled in this series. Our guys are very fully aware of the need to stay out of foul trouble and the need to play without fouling. Wade and James had one foul each the entire game and it wasn't because of any calls, they played without fouling. that's what you learn from going on deep playoff runs like they've been on."
"The main thing is, those guys played off the charts." Said Frank, "Obviously Wade and James, we can do a better job on them. They made some tough shots. But the way we guarded them to start the series, we got away from that. In this game, we had some breakdowns, and you have to be almost perfect to limit them the way you need to limit them. We just have to make them work harder."
While the team knows what some of the mistakes were, and how they need to improve, morale is not low.
"I think we're all right, we had a good film session. Obviously we understand there's a lot of room for us to play better, a lot of self-inflicted wounds yesterday-the guys understand that-there's just there's room for us to grow from game 4 to game 5," added West
"We're ready to go. They haven't beaten our best yet," explained Vogel.
The Pacers play the Heat again in Game 5 this Tuesday, May 22 in Miami at 8:00pm EST. Fox 59 Sports Director Chris Hagan is in Miami and will preview the game Tuesday afternoon on Fox 59 News, First at Five.