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Maybe if Jones spent less time rubbing his eye and more time running plays, the Pacers wouldn't be down 37 points.
LeBron catches up on some pre-game reading
The Indiana Pacers:
Well the honeymoon was great while it lasted. Felt like it was only a couple days ago the Pacers took a 2-1 series lead, shocked everyone, and Miami was labeled D.O.A
Unfortunately for Indiana, it was a best of 7 series, not a best of 3. In a game that had huge playoff implications, a Game 5 win for Indy with the next one at home would have put them in the driver's seat for an ECF berth. Instead, they got into the driver's seat and drove off a cliff.
The Heat led by as many as 37 points
handing Indiana their worst playoff loss in franchise history.
They also had flagrant fouls galore in this game:
Who needs to battle to the ECF when you can get the WWF right here.
Indiana shot a measly 33% as their starting 5 went 16-48 from the floor.
And considering that Indy's starting 5 usually puts up these kinds of numbers:
The Pacers have outscored opponents by 75 points with its starting lineup (Paul George
, Danny Granger
, Roy Hibbert
, George Hill
and David West
on the court together this postseason, the best plus-minus for any
five-player combination in the playoffs. When any other combination of
Pacers has been on the court, Indiana has been outscored by 48. In the
Eastern Conference Semifinals, the starters are +47 and all other
lineups are -74.
Ouch is right.
"We learned early in this series, you don't get two wins for a blowout," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "Thankfully, you don't get two losses for a blowout either, otherwise we'd be f*cked"
"I can't believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T," Larry Bird told the Indianapolis
Star. "I'm disappointed. I never thought it would happen."
His assistant then whispered into Bird's ear that he's running the 2012 Indiana Pacers, not the '86 Celtics.
Game 6 is tomorrow night, and I'm sure the shadow of LeBron will loom over Granny Danger:
At least when LeBron isn't ignoring his coaches:
From Around the League:
So the Lakers were officially eliminated, and no tears were shed....outside southern California anyway:
Andrew Bynum demonstrates what he'll be doing all summer on the beach
The face of a man who will be joining the bread line in no time
So this is pretty much 2012's NBA Finals matchup. Not that an Eastern team can't take it this year, but it's probably the best matchup you're going to see in this year's playoffs.
I'm thinking Spurs in 6, but this series will probably go the distance.
Who wouldn't want to see the following teams face off against each other:
Any predictions fellas?
Labels: 2012 NBA Playoffs, Raza