Limit Turnovers: This has to be one of the most important things. We all saw what turnovers did to us in Game 2 vs the Knicks. It wasn't pretty. The Heat thrive on opponent mistakes. They are a team of big name, limelight loving players and one turnover and the ball is easily going back the other way for dunk to be featured on SportsCenter. If we play smart then we will only be helping ourselves out.
Play Physical: All season, the Pacers have prided themselves on physical play, their smashmouth basketball, and wearing down the opponent. This can't stop, even when the Heat seem to be getting the benefit of the calls (let's be honest they oft do). The smashmouth basketball can really frustrate opponents, as we saw with the Knicks, and so the Pacers can't get soft now. Miami won't be soft so we can't either. The Heat won't frustrate easily, they're a veteran team that is much more potent than the Knicks but no less unbeatable. The Pacers bested the Heat two out of the three times they faced each other in the regular season. Two wins in Indy and a loss in Miami. This leads me to my next point.
Protect the home floor: These games are going to be easy and Miami has the home court advantage with potentially four games being played in Florida. So the Pacers need to win at home every chance they get. They didn't do that last year and we saw what happened. This year needs to be different. The Pacers are undefeated at home in these 2013 playoffs but as we all know, Miami is not New York nor are they Atlanta. We must win at home every chance we get. On that note, the crowd needs to be raucous. They didn't disappoint last year when they gave birth to the "He's a flopper" chant, but we need to find a way to get under their skin and a frenzied crowd wouldn't definitely help. If the Pacers are to win the series, they will have to take at least one game in Miami but not losing on the home floor will be incredibly helpful.
Rebounding: This goes along with physical play but I wanted to put more emphasis on it. The Pacers win when they outrebound the other team, most teams do. The Pacers have proven that they can play tough and battle for the boards. Rebounding will help us limit the potency of the Heat offense and give us second chance opportunities. We appear unstoppable when we outrebound the opponent let's hope the Pacers can keep this trend going.
Finally we need a lot more of this: