- Dwyane Wade was given a retroactive type 1 flagrant foul, but no suspension, by the NBA for his elbow to the back of Lance Stephenson’s head late in the fourth quarter of Game 2. “We’ll take it for what it is,” said coach Erik Spoelstra before the game. “We can’t control what the league decides. We just have to move on.” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he had “no real reaction. I don’t think anybody, myself included, wants to see anybody on either team suspended from this series. I think everybody wants to see both teams, full strength, slug it out.”
- Spoelstra said the interior defense against 7-2 Indiana center Roy Hibbert has to be more aggressive and get to him sooner. “We have to do what we do and do it better,” he said. “We have to be absolutely committed to our aggressive defense. Everything’s got to be early. When you’re dealing with size like that, if you’re not early, the size will get to you.” Hibbert has 48 points and 19 rebounds in the first two games.
- Vogel said he is concerned with the possibility of his team being too energized for its first home game, which comes on the same day as the Indianapolis 500. “We’ve got to manage our adrenaline better than we did in some of the (games in last year’s series),” he said. “I thought we were a little too amped up and played recklessly.”
- Sam Young, Indiana’s primary wing reserve, is expected to be available for his normal role despite a sprained left ankle sustained late in the third quarter of Game 2. Vogel said the training staff reported Young would have some soreness but would be able to play.
- Indiana doesn’t have a Big Three, per se, but Paul George, Hibbert and David West have outscored LeBron James, Wade and Chris Bosh 136-133.
- Neither team has gotten much from its bench, a bigger problem for Miami than Indiana, which asks little from its reserves. Aside from Chris Andersen, who has 23 points on 9-for-9 shooting, Miami has gotten just 21 points on 6-for-30 shooting from the rest of its reserves as both Ray Allen (3-for-13) and Shane Battier (0-for-7) have struggled.
- All five Indiana starters have played at least 80 minutes, a figure exceeded on the Heat by just Wade (81) and James (92).
– Conrad Brunner