March 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles against Indiana Pacers center Louis Amundson (17) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Miami 105-90. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
The Heat tip off against the Pacers on Sunday afternoon in Miami.
The Miami Heat begin their second round NBA Playoffs series against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday in South Beach. ABC will have the game at 3:30 p.m. ET. Game 2 has been scheduled for 7 p.m ET Tuesday. The series will shift to Indiana for Games 3 and 4. The NBA had previously announced that each second round series will feature a back-to-back; that may come for Games 2 and 3 or Games 4 and 5.
There will be one other game on Sunday: either Game 7 of Clippers vs. Grizzlies, if necessary, or Game 1 of Clippers vs. Spurs, should L.A. eliminate Memphis on Friday. The other second round East series -- Celtics vs. Sixers -- begins on Saturday. The Thunder's second round series can begin no earlier than Monday because the Lakers and Nuggets will be playing Game 7 on Saturday.
Heat vs. Pacers should be an excellent series, if both teams play up to their potential. Indiana finished the regular season No. 7 in offense and No. 9 in defense; Miami sussed out at No. 8 on offense and No. 4 on defense. The Heat took three of four games from the Pacers in the regular season, two of them blow-outs. Indiana's win was a blow-out in the other direction, and the remaining game was an overtime thriller won by Miami.