Foul trouble, quiet Danny Granger doom Indiana Pacers in Game 1

The Indiana Pacers made their presence felt early Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

A few glaring problems, however, prevented the upstart team from completely shocking the nation with an opening-game victory.

The Pacers, the East’s No. 3 seed, couldn’t shake deep foul trouble, poor free-throw shooting and quiet nights from wings Danny Granger and Paul George, falling 95-86 to the second-seeded Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

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Are Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Company Enough Up Front for Miami?

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“Usually when you’re in touch with reality, it’s better for you.”

Those are the words of Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh, the lanky 6-11 All-Star who was the Heat’s only consistent weapon Sunday night.

“I think intensity always carries over.  Your mindset, you always want to get mentally prepared in practice.  That’s what it’s for, to really see yourself doing your job out there, because you have to see it before you do it,” Bosh continued.

Bosh is a great player, but if he is far and away the Heat’s best performer during the Eastern Conference Finals, then the Chicago Bulls will close them out in four or five games. He needs help from the backcourt, but that’s another story entirely. First he needs help on the glass. Chicago dominated Miami up front so badly, there was little left to say.

By Paul M. Banks

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