The reality is that this is what the Indiana Pacers do. They run 3-point shooters off the 3-point line or make them take attempts under duress. And it's not just in the playoffs. For Miami Heat 3-point specialists Ray Allen and Shane Battier, their struggles in these NBA Eastern Conference finals are nothing new against the Pacers. At 1 of 6 on 3-pointers in this series, Allen is now 2 of 15 this season on 3-pointers against the Pacers, when factoring in the teams' three regular-season meetings. Then there's Battier, who is 0 for 6 on 3-pointers in these opening two games and 3 of 17 against Indiana on the season. "I think the outside shot isn't there for the guys who have been hitting all year for a couple of reasons; the rhythm," forward LeBron James said, with the best-of-seven series now tied 1-1. "We have to figure out a way to get our shooters into the game more instead of trying to get them the ball and make them make a tough one late in the game for Ray or from [Mario Chalmers] or from Shane. "We have to figure out how to get them some shots early in the game, where they feel like they're part of the offense." James said it has to be a collective effort from himself, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to create the space for the shooters to regain confidence. "We're the three guys that have the ball in our hands a lot, try to get our shooters in the game early," James said. "We know they've been there for us all year. We're going to continue to have confidence in them. We know it'll help us out a lot." Instead, the Heat often have turned to their 3-point shooters with the shot clocking winding down.
LeBron says Heat must raise shooters' spirits, percentages
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | May 26