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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On May 14 2012 @ 3:02 am In Miami Heat | 3 Comments

LeBron James received his 2012 MVP award over the weekend, then the Miami Heat put a scare into their fans on Sunday afternoon as they were unable to beat down the Pacers until the very end.  The Heat emerged victorious, 95-86, but the cost of this victory might be huge.  Chris Bosh went down in the 2nd quarter with a strained abdominal muscle and didn’t return.  The injury was certainly strange looking, as Bosh actually went to the line for a free throw, but then fell back to the floor in agonizing pain after running in to the paint.  With Bosh out of the game, the Heat entered halftime trailing the Pacers 48-42.

The second half belonged to LeBron and Dwyane Wade.  While neither was overly efficient for the game(the two combined to go 20-49 from the floor), both guys really attacked the defense in the second half.  Wade made it to the free throw line 14 times, while converting on 13 of those shots.  DWade finished with 29 points overall.  LBJ wound up with a game-high 32 points to go with a season-high 15 rebounds.  Bosh was the only other Heater in double figures as he finished with 13 points, all of which were scored in the first half.  The second half was the Batman and Robin show, and in the end it turned out to be just enough.

Indiana led for most of the game.  The Pacer’s defense should be given some credit for Miami’s shooting difficulties as the Heat shot under 41% (FG) for the game.  The Heat’s D also came up big, especially in the second half.  Indiana also shot under 41%(FG) for the game and Miami outrebounded the Pacers by almost 10.  This was the fifth meeting between the Heat and Pacers this season.  All five times the team that has won the rebounding battle has won the game(4-1 Heat).

Moving forward, the most important thing to come out of this win is the status of Chris Bosh, which is unknown until sometime Monday afternoon.  Everyone in South Florida is hopeful that his abdominal injury is a strain and not a tear.  The MRI will tell the tale.  If Bosh is out for an extended period of time, it will make getting out of the Eastern Conference a struggle.  It also might make this series stretch out considerably.  The Heat’s title hopes have always depended on Wade and James playing well, but serious injury to CB would elevate that need to absolutely great play by both if the team hopes to raise a banner this year.

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