The Indiana Pacers hope to ride momentum gained on Tuesday in Game 2 when they take on the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Thursday night.
The game will be broadcasted at 7 p.m. EST on TNT, but you can also watch a live stream online available here.
The Pacers were able to capitalize on a Chris Bosh-less Miami Heat team in Game 2, 78-75, and are hoping that the team's stifling defense will carry over to Game 3 on their home court. The Pacers gave up big points to the Heat's two stars - LeBron James had 28 points and Dwyane Wade ha 24 points - but the star duo combined to shoot 18 for 44 from the field.
But even more importantly, the Pacers shut down the entire Heat supporting cast. No one besides Wade and James reached double digits on Tuesday with Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers tying for the third best point output with five points each.
By comparison, the Pacers had four players in double digits scoring with Leandro Barbaso and Roy Hibbert also adding in eight points apiece.
It was a strong performance by the Pacers on the road in Miami, but the team knows that it can't get complacent even with the momentum squarely in their favor heading into Game 3.
We've got to keep our edge, Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters. We understand that we feel good about who we are as a basketball team and that we can win this series. But that means nothing. We've got to do it in between the lines.
The Pacers will need to continue to slow down the Heat's powerful tandem and force them into taking bad shots. That's an easier task without Bosh's ability to drain jump shots and draw the Pacers defense out of the paint, but it's still never easy to shut down the reigning NBA MVP.
James told reporters on Tuesday that they need to do a better job of getting guys in a rhythm because they need everyone to contribute in the series. That means players such as Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, and Mike Miller doing a better job of being productive to ease the workload.
We're confident and we're looking forward to the challenge, Heat forward Udonis Haslem told a group of reporters. We can do it. We know we can do it. But it's not going to be easy. So we've got to go in there, we've got to be armored-up and we've got to be ready to go.
Haslem and his teammates will be walking into what will likely be a raucous Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday night with a fan base and a team that seriously believes it can knock off the favorite to emerge out of the Eastern Conference.
[A single victory in Miami] wasn't our goal, Pacers forward David West told NBA.com. Our goal was not to just come in [to the playoffs] and try to put up a 'good fight' or whatever. We're trying to win the series. We're competing to win the series. Winning one game was not what we set out to do.