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.