And Bosh acknowledged that “I’m going to have to do a much better job in Game 3” defending Roy Hibbert, who is averaging 24 points and 9.5 rebounds through two games.
“If Hibbert has a game like [Friday’s 29 points and 10 rebounds], it’s going to be very tough to beat them,” Bosh said.
Also, the Heat’s bench shooters need to regain their touch. Battier is 0 for 7 in this series and 13 for 57 (22.8 percent) in the playoffs. Allen is 3 for 13 in this series, his playoff percentage dipping to 41.4.
“We’ve not gotten the looks that we normally get,” Battier said of this series. But “I believe in the law of averages. It’s amazing when one goes down, what it can do for you. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Also troubling is that neither has shot well against Indiana this season, with Allen now 6 for 29 (including 2 for 15 on threes) and Battier 5 for 21 (and 3 for 18).
“We have to figure out a way to get our shooters some shots early in the game, where they feel like they’re a part of the offense,” James said.
Meanwhile, Norris Cole, who blossomed in recent weeks, has missed 8 of 10 shots in the series, with more turnovers (six) than assists (five).
Overall offensively, “we’re just looking around too much,” Bosh said. “Our guys have to be aggressive. If you have a shot, shoot it. We had a few open shots we didn’t take [Friday].
“We have in our minds right now, ‘Oh, they’re such a good defensive team.’ No, we’re a good offensive team and a good defensive team. We didn’t make it this far by people hesitating.”
The Heat played poorly in both games in Indiana this season — a 10-point loss on Jan. 8 and a 13-point setback on Feb. 1. But after being drubbed 94-75 at Indiana in Game 3 of last year’s series, the Heat won there 101-93 in Game 4 and closed out the series there 105-93 in Game 6.
But here’s the caveat: Even though Bosh missed most of that series — and Allen and Andersen weren’t on the team — these Pacers “are much better” according to Bosh, than last year’s group that ultimately succumbed to the greatness of James and Wade.
“They have a better belief in who they are,” Battier said. “Paul George is a lot better. Stephenson gives them a dimension that Danny Granger didn’t last year. They’re tough.”