I mean, I’m sure he’s not thrilled to be going up against the team with the best record in conference and the probable NBA MVP. But he sounds happy that the Pacers at least don’t have to face a more-battled-worn Celtics team full of Hall of Famers.
“Boston’s a different monster,” he said. “They don’t have the best record in the East, but they won championships; they know how to do it. They have four, five guys you have to worry about.
“Chicago, they go as Derrick Rose goes. If you make a concerted effort to stop Derrick Rose, you have a better chance to beat them.”
It’s highly unlikely that the Pacers could ever really scare either of the Bulls or Celtics. Against the Heat, given the way they have played Miami this year, sure, they might have a puncher’s chance. But I really don’t foresee any situation in which they could even make a first round series against either the Bulls or Celtics go 7 games — let alone win.
But Danny may have a point here.
With Chicago, this is the first time a newly constructed team will be playing together in the postseason, and Rose will have pressure to perform as he has been all season when the lights shine brightest and the whole world is watching. Those factors could lead to a few missteps. Maybe a few instances of poor end-of-game execution. Maybe a full game in which they play flat. But with Boston, that probably doesn’t happen.
So, sure, Danny … out of the two teams the Pacers have almost no chance of beating, Chicago may be the better of the two. But this is essentially him saying, “I’d prefer to fight the heavy weight boxer instead of the Navy Seal.” Best of luck in both cases, guy who isn’t trained to injure people professionally.
Remember: stick and move, stick and move; float like a butterfly, sting like a bee: and stay calm and protect ya neck.