INDIANAPOLIS -- Pacers guard George Hill felt as if he allowed LeBron James to take fourth-quarter vacation in Game 2.
In Game 3, the plan is to make James experience a 40-hour work week in 12 minutes.
James switched to Hill in the fourth to preserve energy while also helping defensively against other players. James got away with it because Hill didn't attack on offense.
"It actually motivates me a little bit more, for me to be more aggressive, to keep him involved," Hill said. "I just got to do better on my part and attack even more than what I normally do."
The Heat made the change once it was determined Norris Cole could defend Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. Cole limited Stephenson to just two fourth-quarter points.
With a lightened defensive load, James was able to focus more on offense. He scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.
"I think what LeBron does is he goes on George Hill and it feels like he's getting a break," Stephenson said. "He can actually roam around. We've got to tell George to be aggressive when he's on him. ... Make him work both ends. I think it slows (James) down a little bit. You could see when he was guarding (aul (George) that he was slowing down a little bit but once he got off, he started getting in his attack mode."
The strategy is nothing new. Hill said he's grown accustomed to the James switch. He just failed to take advantage of it. Hill took just three shots in the fourth quarter.
"You've just got to make him work," Hill said. "I think in our case we kind of let him sit back and take a little bit of a rest. We just got to keep him active, keep him moving at all times."
Lance responds to flopping
Stephenson responded after being fined $5,000 for flopping in Game 2.
The play occurred when he tried to draw a charge on James in the third quarter. Stephenson felt the call was wrong.
"I didn't flop," Stephenson said. "I think I tried to sell LeBron bumping me but I think I overreacted on the floor. I was definitely upset about the call I got more than me just laying there."
Ready for fans
With Stephenson being one of the Pacers' most disliked players, he is already preparing himself for a cold reception from the Miami fans.
He said there is even one fan who annually heckles him at AmericanAirlines Arena.
"Definitely the crowd is going to try to get under my skin," Stephenson said. "I know there's a guy that sits courtside. He always tries to get into my head. I've got to block him out, stay focused and just stay with my team and make something happen."
As for what the fan says?
"I can't repeat it," he said. "It's not appropriate."
If anything, the George concussion has brought awareness to the injury. Coach Frank Vogel said he wished George had told him about the symptoms during the game.
Instead, the team didn't find out until the next day.
"You have to let the team know, the doctors know, the team trainers know when you have symptoms," center Roy Hibbert said. "You have to look at the longevity of being a human being."
Butler an option?
Should George be unable to play Saturday, a familiar face could appear in the Pacers' starting lineup.
Veteran forward Rasual Butler, a former Heat player, is among those expected to replace George. Butler, who was playing in the NBA D-League last year, played for the Heat from 2002-05.
"You cannot cram for the test," Butler said. "If you're always doing your work, when you're called upon, it makes you more confident in those situations."
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