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Since many of you asked, an explanation as to what Pacers coach Frank Vogel was thinking in not having Roy Hibbert
on the floor at the end of OT in Game 1: He figured the Heat would run some sort of screen play and wanted to be able to switch all five players. Plenty of teams/coaches would make the exact same move. For what it's worth, not having Hibbert on the floor isn't what let the Pacers down on that possession; Paul George either has to play to deny LeBron James the ball, in which case he would've been playing ballside and looking for help if the inbounder threw it over the top on a back cut, or he concedes the catch going away from the basket and squares up on him. I keep hearing about what a fantastic play Erik Spoelstra called and tremendous move LeBron James made. Really? Spoelstra diagrammed a basic zipper cut so James could get the ball in the middle of the floor. If there was something more complex than that, I'd be happy to be enlightened. James then recognized that George inexplicably jumped up to cut off his right hand and drove in for an uncontested left-handed layup. Again, am I missing something? Good for him that he exploited George's mistake but I'm missing what he did that induced it. The most perplexing part: how can a team and a player as good defensively as the Pacers and Paul George, respectively, be that flawed with the game on the line? The Bulls don't have half the physical talent the Pacers have and I don't recall them ever giving LeBron a straight-line look as easy as he got vs. George Hill and Paul George on those last two baskets. LeBron absolutely deserves credit for exploiting the mismatch (Hill) and the error (George), but let's not blow this up into more than that. LeBron has, and no doubt will again, have moments where he triumphs over stout, sound defense. The end of Game 1 simply wasn't one.