By Sekou Smith, NBA.com
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The first man in the building helps the Miami Heat erase an early 15-point deficit and break the spirit of the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
They call him Jesus … SHUTTLESWORTH! Four, count ‘em 4, fourth quarter daggers from deep for Ray Allen. They were back-breaking buckets for the Heat as they rebounded from that sluggish start to mash the Pacers.
The Big 3? Not so much. The Heat lead this series 2-1 thanks to the work of their bench mob!
Miami destroying Indiana in the bench 6-man tag team match of Allen/Cole/Birdman vs Scola/Watson/Mahinmi — THE difference in this series—
Sean Pendergast (@SeanCablinasian) May 25, 2014
You have to know your history to clear a path for your future …
Pacers have that look like they just can't figure out this Heat team. Plenty can still happen, but this goes back to Game 2 finish.—
Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) May 25, 2014
Sometimes the numbers just don’t seem to add up. But for Rashard Lewis, it won’t matter if the Heat find a way to hold on and win this game.
Rashard Lewis is a +24 in 17 minutes of action and he has as many points and rebounds in this game as I do tonight.—
Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 25, 2014
Cleveland, do we have a problem?
LeBron in the tunnel getting stretched out after Wade knocks down a 3-pointer in the final seconds to finish off the Heat’s 33-point third quarter (they scored 38 in the first half). #thechampsarehere …
Their 15pt lead long gone, Pacers trail 71-64 after 3Q. Their body language coming off floor NSFW.—
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 25, 2014
That rugged Pacers team from the first half … vanished!
IND is attacking the rim with all the force of toilet tissue—
Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) May 25, 2014
Moving on up!
After carrying the Pacers through stretches of their first two series in these playoffs, Paul George has suddenly fallen into the Hibbert blender.
Remember when Paul George used to be a superstar?—
Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 25, 2014
The only consensus in the building tonight is that the officials will not get favorable reviews for their performance from either side. Heat and Pacers arguing each and every whistle with similar fervor. Lots of acting going on both ways. #enoughlaready
4 on George. Everyone dislikes the officials now.—
Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) May 25, 2014
The Pacers are walking the ball up the floor like they are the two-time defending champs. The pressure is on you Indiana!
Heat could have used DeBron Jade early and Pacers certainly could have used Lex Morrison in that horrible second quarter! #HangTimePodcast
All that good work early for basically nothing …
The Tom Foolery in Memphis continues with the eventual departure of the coach (Dave Joerger) who was tabbed the replace the coach (Lionel Hollins) who never should have been fired. #SMH
After meeting with owner Glen Taylor, Memphis coach Dave Joerger progressing on deal to become Minnesota coach, sources tell Yahoo.—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 25, 2014
If any other team in the NBA Final Four came out as flat as the Heat have so far, they’d be skewered from one end of the Twitterverse to the other. No reason to spare the two-time champs. They’re looking particularly brutal right now, getting embarrassed by the Pacers’ reserves.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh: 9 points. Rasual Butler, Luis Scola and Andrew Bynum: 11 points.—
Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 25, 2014
Luis Scola and Chris Bosh doing their very best to humiliate each other back into this series. Well played fellas!
Bienvenido to the series, Luis.—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) May 25, 2014
Ok, Bosh had to come back with a 3 after being embarrassed by Scola on the previous possession.—
Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) May 25, 2014
LeBron and LeBron Lite (Lance) going nose-to-nose, chest-to-chest and everything else. And LeBron Lite is winning right now …
An all-out LeBron-Lance fistfight would improve this series dramatically.—
Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) May 25, 2014
If we’re going to get a game that could have been played in the 1950s on the scoreboard I’m going to enjoy the ambiance …
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wins the By Any Means Necessary Award before the end of the first quarter.
The Sigmund Freud conference finals is underway. The Heat are down 17-4, turning the ball over like crazy and generally playing without a pulse. You don’t know what to expect from either one of these teams on a given night.
Seven minutes into the game, Heat have four points, and LeBron James is the only Heat starter on the floor.—
Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) May 25, 2014
Roy Hibbert is to the verticality rule what pancakes are to syrup!
Zach Harper (@talkhoops) May 25, 2014
I’m terribly uncomfortable with Lance Stephenson discussing his good and bad sides in the third person. Mario Chalmers, on the other hand, is free to debate his good and bad sides in whatever way he likes after his disastrous start tonight. #twoface
Stephenson acknowledged Good Lance & Bad Lance in ABC's interview. So maybe it's time for a Mario/Wario interview.—
Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) May 25, 2014
Someone? Or something?
Tell the truth, you never expected to see Greg Oden on an active roster in the conference finals … not after all that he’s been through! Just being active is a victory for the big fella. If he impacts this game in any way, Hollywood has a script.
Greg Oden active tonight for Heat. Coach Erik Spoelstra cautioned that doesn't guarantee he'll actually play, but…—
Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 24, 2014