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He scored just 5 points — his second-lowest output in 95 career postseason games — on 2 of 13 shooting. He didn’t score in the first half and didn’t adequately support James, who has had to move to power forward with Bosh out with a strained abdominal muscle. If not for Mario Chalmers kicking in 25 points, many coming on aggressive drives, the Heat would have been beaten even worse.

Wade has reportedly been receiving extra medical treatments for lingering leg soreness. He doesn’t have his usual lift, which could account for many of his jumpers being short. He’s never been one to make excuses, and Wade, who missed 17 games this season with assorted injuries, won’t start now.

“At this point of the season, no one is 100 percent,” Wade said, refusing to disclose if he has a serious injury.

To be fair, Wade isn’t the only reason the Heat are in hot water. Miami’s bench hasn’t stepped up. The Heat are 5 of 42 on 3-pointers, and Miami’s front line is being outrebounded by Indiana’s big men, who have thrown their weight around inside.

The Pacers are punishing the Heat.

“We will not back down or take anything from any team,” said forward David West, who has delivered some well-placed elbows into James‘ back on defense. “We are not going to be pushed around.”

Center Roy Hibbert dominated at both ends of the floor in Thursday’s win, racking up 19 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks and an unspecified number of alterations. Of all Miami’s problems, the 7-foot-2, 260-pound Hibbert could be its biggest.

The 25-year-old is beginning to put it all together, and his maturity is a major reason the Pacers have risen from also-ran status to contenders this season. Hibbert has been getting tutelage from an unlikely mentor, San Antonio center Tim Duncan, who has been helping him with his skills in the paint and outside the lines.

“We sat down and talked to see how he goes about his business,” Hibbert said of the Big Fundamental. “He doesn’t get too high or too low. I model my game after him. He texts me after every game. I’m very appreciative.”

Vogel was grateful he had Hibbert in Game 3.

“One of the best games I’ve ever seen him play,” he said.

Without Bosh, Spoelstra, who started Dexter Pittman at center in Game 3, doesn’t have an answer inside for Hibbert, who helped the Pacers outrebound the Heat 52-36.

Miami’s next rebound, though, must be to even the series at 2-2 and get back to Florida, where Bosh has remained to get extensive rehab so he can return in the next round.

A loss on Sunday would put the Heat on the brink of elimination, well short of a championship Miami has craved since losing in the finals last season.

While others have their doubts about Miami’s chances, Spoelstra believes his team can bounce back.

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