“He was very patient and didn’t settle and got to positions where he wanted to go, so we’ll have to see how they defend that the next game,” Spoelstra said.
For Game 4, there is an expectation that the Pacers will counter James’ size inside with a return to physical play.
“I don’t think we played with any force defensively, especially early,” Indiana forward David West said. “We let Paul down in regard to letting LeBron get four, five, six dribbles and I don’t there’s a guy in the NBA who you can guard if you give him that many dribbles.”
Stop the flop
Pacers center Roy Hibbert said that the NBA has done little to curb flopping in the league despite fining players this season for feigning fouls.
“People flop all the time. It’s sad to say,” Hibbert said. “Not just against the Heat. Throughout the whole season, we’re making a substantial amount of money and people just do it anyway and they don’t mind getting fined.”
Said Dwayne Wade: “It happens, but we wouldn’t have no NBA possibly if they got rid of all the flopping.”
Wade on Game 4: “We came up here to win two games. We didn’t come up here to split or to get home-court back. We took care of one and now this game probably will be one of the toughest games of this series. If any team is going to be prepared for what we’re going to see, it’s going to be us, but that doesn’t guarantee us anything. We have to go out and play a helluva ballgame against a team that’s going to be very hungry.”
• Pacers forward Paul George called winning Game 4 “mandatory.”