Indianapolis, IN (Sporting Alert) — LeBron James and the Miami Heat are just one win away from going back to the NBA Finals when they take a 3-2 lead into Game 6 of their Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
8:30 PM ET, June 1, 2013
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Live Streaming on TNT Overtime
Live Box Score
The Heat ran away with 90-79 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night to take the advantage, but could find tonight’s contest a little more challenge without the service of Chris Andersen, who is suspended.
Hosts Indiana Pacers are desperate to force a Game 7 and extend their season, but James, who took over in the third quarter of Game 5 and finished with 30 points and eight rebounds, says Miami have reasons to be determined as well.
“We’re desperate, too,” James said ahead of the game. “We’re desperate to get back to the NBA Finals.
“So both teams are desperate in their own sense of they’re trying to keep their season alive and we’re trying to advance.”
Dwyane Wade has been struggling for form and fitness in this series, but will start tonight despite being a concern. Chris Bosh also confirmed that he tweaked his ankle in opening minutes of Game 5 Thursday night, but will push through the pain.
For Indiana, David West did not take part in Saturday morning’s shootaround because of illness, but has been confirmed as a starter.
Lance Stephenson struggled from the floor in Game 5, shooting just 2-for-7 for just four points before fouling out in the loss.
Paul George is confident the Pacers can make the finals, but admits the team must take it one game at a time.
“One game at a time,” George said. “We have to come home and play a good game. Everybody is going to have to step up and play a huge role.
“I know in the back of their mind they want to get the job done and be finished. So we’re going to have to come out and bring it.”
Center Roy Hibbert added: “It’s about effort. It’s about who wants it more, who wants to get that offensive rebound, who wants to get that blocked shot, who wants to get the loose ball.
“We just have to come out with more determination. It’s not anything the coaches can tell us, it’s about what’s in here. It’s lose or go home right now.”