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Heat expects Pacers to bring defensive pressure
Heat expects Pacers to bring defensive pressure

MIAMI -- No matter how dysfunctional and inexplicably inconsistent the Pacers have been over the last two months, the Heat know when it comes to push and shove -- literally -- they still most overcome arguably the best defense in the league to reach their fourth straight NBA Finals. While the Eastern Conference top-seeded Pacers were stretched to seven games against the sub-.500 Atlanta Hawks in the first round and needed six games to down the upstart Washington Wizards in the semifinals, they still lead all playoff teams in fewest points allowed per game (96.8) and defensive field-goal percentage (40.4). They were also No. 1 in the regular season in defensive field-goal percentage and...

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