Scouting Report: Pacers vs. Heat

Updated: May 6, 2004, 6:02 PM ET
By Brian James | Special to ESPN Insider
Pacers' plus-minus breakdown | Heat plus-minus breakdown

Brian James, a former assistant coach with the Pistons, Raptors and Wizards, spent the 2003-04 season scouting for the SuperSonics. Insider tapped his NBA expertise to break down each playoff series.

After 11 days of practicing against each other, Indiana finally gets back to competing with someone else. The Heat will arrive at Conseco Fieldhouse on an incredible high after winning Game 7 over New Orleans.

It could take the Pacers as much as a half of basketball to regain the form that carried them to a sweep over Boston in Round 1. With Miami playing regularly over the past two weeks, could there be an upset in Game 1? For what it's worth, the Pacers won all three meetings between the two teams this season, but Miami's Dwyane Wade was healthy in only the last contest, an 87-80 victory at Indiana.