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NBA playoffs: A simple approach for Pacers coach
First Published May 27 2014 11:29 pm • Last Updated May 27 2014 11:29 pm

Miami • Frank Vogel stood with his back against a wall, seeming perfectly comfortable.

He’s hoping his Indiana Pacers can do the same.

At a glance

Playoffs schedule

Monday

Miami 102, Indiana 90

Heat lead series 3-1

Wednesday

Miami at Indiana, 6:30 p.m., ESPN

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The Pacers’ season of great expectation is now in great trouble, with the Miami Heat leading the Eastern Conference finals 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Indianapolis on Wednesday night. The Heat have won three straight in the series, and are now one win from ending the Pacers’ season for a third consecutive year.

"I think anytime you lose three in a row in the playoffs, it shakes your confidence some," Vogel, the Pacers’ coach, said in a downtown Miami hotel lobby before his team headed to the airport Tuesday. "But we can’t worry about that. All we’ve got to worry about is coming back and winning Game 5 and giving us an opportunity to come down here and win one game.

"We’ve won one game in each playoff series that we’ve played here the last two years. We should have confidence that we can do that."

It’s safe to wonder if confidence is in short supply, though, as the Pacers seem to be rattling.

Some Indiana issues in the last three games include: Floundering late to lose Game 2 at home, blowing a 15-point lead at Miami in Game 3, Lance Stephenson calling LeBron James out before Game 4, Roy Hibbert failing to score a point Monday, and Paul George and David West both putting that loss on what they thought was one-sided officiating.

Only eight teams in NBA history have successfully overcome a 3-1 series deficit.




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