Heatstroke: Indiana Burned By LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

Miami's two superstars dominated yet again, but physical play from Udonis Haslem and Dexter Pittman may result in suspensions.

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Pacers' Issue Is Guard Play, Not Soft Play

The Indiana Pacers' general manager called his team "soft" after a blowout loss to the Miami Heat in Game 5, but that's not the real problem with this squad.

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Heat Vs. Pacers: Hard Fouls By Miami's Dexter Pittman, Udonis Haslem Draw Reactions

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers played an intense Game 5 on Tuesday night, but it might have been too intense. There were several hard fouls committed by Miami, and the team might be down a couple of players should suspensions be handed out. The most egregious foul was Dexter Pittman's elbow to Lance Stephenson's throat. It looks intentional, and could wind up costing Pittman several games. However, don't ask LeBron James his thoughts on the play until he sees the video (via CBS Sports):

"I need to see it," James said. "I need to see exactly what happened. But I think there's no room for dirty plays in our game, period – whether it's from us, or Indiana or anyone in the league. We're all one group as players, and you don't want anybody to get hurt. I haven't seen that actual play, but we'll see."

Earlier in the game, Udonis Haslem committed a hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough, who had fouled Dwyane Wade before that. Haslem's foul on Hansbrough looked premeditated, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is backing up his player and claiming otherwise (via the Miami Herald):

"There were three hard fouls in this game, and the league will review them," Spoelstra said. "We thought [Haslem] was making a play on the ball. This is a physical series. Nobody wants to make it into anything more than that."

The Heat should start preparing for the loss of two players. It would be hard to imagine the NBA not disciplining either member of the Heat.

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Heat Vs. Pacers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5: Miami Picks Up 115-83 Victory For 3-2 Series Lead

The Miami Heat lead the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, three games to two, following a 115-83 victory Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Pacers had no answer for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and failed to overcome poor shooting throughout the game.

LeBron James led the Heat's offensive effort with 30 points and nearly finished the game with a triple-double, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing the ball out for eight assists. Dwyane Wade followed with 28 points while Mario Chalmers contributed with 11 rebounds.

The Heat won the rebounding battle, 49-35, and the shooting game, 61.4 percent to 33.7.

Paul George led the Pacers with 11 points while Danny Granger and David West each chipped in 10 points. No other Pacers player scored more than eight points, allowing the points to be spread throughout the bench. But that spread the ball around and allowed the team to make just 30 of 89 shots.

This series continues Thursday in Indiana. ESPN will have the broadcast at 8:00 p.m. ET

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VIDEO: Dexter Pittman Delivers Elbow To Lance Stephenson's Throat

Indiana Pacers benchwarmer Lance Stephenson bothered the Miami Heat players after he gave LeBron James the choke signal during the Pacers' Game 3 win. It took two games, but it looks like the Heat have gotten their revenge, all thanks to a very dirty play by backup center Dexter Pittman.

With the game decided in the final minutes, Stephenson came down the lane to grab a rebound. Pittman responded by blatantly sticking his elbow out, catching Stephenson right in the throat.

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That play is reminiscent of the elbow Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum delivered to J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Lakers' four-game loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Bynum received a five-game suspension for that one.

Pittman may receive fewer games simply because the games he'd miss are in the playoffs and not the regular season, but that play was just as bad as Bynum's, if not worse. I'd expect a major suspension.

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VIDEO: Udonis Haslem Retaliates On Tyler Hansbrough, Called For Flagrant Foul


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LeBron James Annoyed By Danny Granger's 'Stupid' Trash Talk

Danny Granger has raised some eyebrows among fans over the past few games by getting in the faces of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade after fouls. Granger has drawn technical fouls for these actions, but it appears the Miami Heat stars are wise to what he's trying to do ... and they don't care for it.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Miami players had choice words for Granger after Game 4.

"Whatever he's trying, it is not working," James said Tuesday before Game 5. "He's said he's not scared of LeBron, I want to let (James) know. I guess he's doing it for his own psyche. It's stupid.

"Nobody is fighting on the basketball court. C'mon," he said. "I'm not going to fight because I mean too much to our team and I can't afford to be suspended for a game or do something stupid to get thrown out of a playoff game."

Wade also had some thoughts on the matter:

"I'm all for standing up for your guys, but certain things you just can't keep doing," Wade said. "My message to Granger was that you just can't keep running up into people's faces for altercations. We're not fighting on this basketball court, so let's not act like we're going to fight. We can be physical and do all that, but certain things got to stop. Are you out here to play basketball or are you out here to be a tough guy?"

When asked about his tactics, Granger had this to say:

"I think there is a line and I'm tip-toeing it," Granger said. "That's a product of the chip on my shoulder and we have on our shoulder as a team of not being respected. That goes not just for this series, but all year. We had the fourth or fifth best record in the NBA and I think we only had one televised game. Three or four teams that didn't make the playoffs had more televised games than us. It was just a matter of being disrespected nationally."

We'll see whether Granger tries the same approach on Tuesday in Game 5.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Heat Vs. Pacers Game 5: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Indiana Pacers will return to South Beach on Tuesday and try to reclaim a series lead over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinal. The best-of-seven series is tied, 2-2.

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LeBron James And The Death Of Constructive Skepticism

LeBron James had 40 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists in a phenomenal Game 4 win against the Pacers, and he reminded everyone why he's the MVP. But it's okay if you're still skeptical.

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Don't Forget: There's A Reason LeBron James Was The MVP

This weekend reminded us how good LeBron James is, how much better Kevin Durant has gotten, and that Father Time can sneak up on even Kobe Bryant. That and more in this week's Monday Morning Jones.

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