Dwyane Wade played 41 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday, scoring 19 points with six boards, five assists, three steals and one block on 9-of-15 shooting.
He was somewhat aggressive in the game and did some of his best work in transition. Wade has said that the week of rest isn't going to help him, but he's made it clear that he'll just tough it out. His 41 minutes are a good sign and he'll need to play a lot of minutes with Mario Chalmers (shoulder) banged up. Norris Cole played outstanding defense on George Hill in his 28 minutes, so he might get some more playing time even if Chalmers is able to return on Friday.
Chris Andersen made all seven of his field goal attempts for 16 points to go with five boards, one steal and three blocks in 18 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.
He's been one of the best bargains of the season at just $541K for the Heat and he did a nice job on both ends of the floor with plenty of hustle. Miami was outstanding in getting good shots with 60 points in the paint, which is well above Indiana's regular-season average of 35.5 points per game from that range. The Birdman is shooting an astonishing 82.9 percent from the field in the postseason and has clearly earned his playing time.
Roy Hibbert scored 19 points with nine boards, one assist and two blocks on 9-of-18 shooting in 41 minutes on Wednesday.
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Frank Vogel sat Hibbert on the last two possessions of the game and he's going to catch a lot of criticism for that call. Both times LeBron got an extremely easy bucket and Indiana's weak-side help was non-existent. Vogel said in the post-game conference that he put a switching lineup in, hoping to force a jump shot for LeBron. Hibbert only finished 10th in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, which looks like an injustice after tonight. Miami might be planning to attack Hibbert more in Game 2 on Friday to get him in foul trouble.