The Miami Heat dominated the Indiana Pacers last night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a commanding 3-1 lead as the series head to Indiana for Game 5.
After winning the first game of the series, the Pacers have succumbed to the Heat’s pressure and have lost three straight. On the brink of elimination, the team is now in full desperation mode.
Chris Bosh helped the Heat to the 102-90 victory with a fast start in the first quarter. The rest of the Heat team responded as they began to build a lead through the first half.
With Chris “Birdman” Andersen out due to a thigh contusion, the rest of the Heat bench needed to step up when their number was called. Que Shane Battier, who always brings hard nosed defense and the threat of the three ball when he is in the game.
As the first quarter was winding down, Battier was brought into the game and shortly thereafter nailed a three off an assist from LeBron James. During the play everything seemed normal, but on second look it seemed that Indiana Pacers head coach, Frank Vogel tried to distract Battier as he went up for the three.
Take a look at the play, and watch and listen to Vogel on the sidelines:
Vogel clearly attempted to distract Battier by screaming at him, but the attempt was fruitless as Battier nailed the three with ease.
Vogel, and his Indiana Pacers, will need to play better defense in Game 5 if they want to avoid being eliminated from the playoffs on Wednesday.