Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m., ET

TV: TNT

  • Heat guard Mario Chalmers is expected to play despite sustaining a bruised shoulder in Game 1. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Chalmers completed the morning shootaround. Chalmers did not play much in the second half Wednesday, but said it was a coaching decision for him to sit.
  • Pacers coach Frank Vogel and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra both downplayed Roy Hibbert’s claim of dirty play by Shane Battier. Hibbert complained of Battier leading with the knee on a drive in the first quarter that resulted in a charge. Both coaches insisted there is no dirty play in the series.
  • Vogel said the Pacers need more from guard Lance Stephenson, who he called the team’s most important player in the series. He had just two points on 2 of 10 shooting in Game 1.
  • Spoelstra said he will continue to alternate defensive assignments between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Wade began Wednesday’s game defending Paul George while James was on Stephenson. Spoelstra expects that to change throughout the series.

–Zachary Paul

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