Last year, when playoff virgin coach Frank Vogel continually reiterated that he though his Pacers could beat the number-one seed Bulls, it was adorable. Indiana had a losing record, not a ton of talent and a roster full of players with no playoff experience. Sure, they could be pests and fought hard enough to make it a close five-game series, but Vogel couldn’t have actually believed that, right?
Well, yeah, I think he did.
This year, then, it is no surprise the his attitude has permeated its way throughout the team. This squad, and rightfully so by the way it played all season, really does think it can beat Miami. Most members of the media would be shocked if Indiana won the series, and rightfully so. But nobody on this Pacers team — a team that believes it should have gone 2-2 agains the Heat this regular season — would even be surprised.
Indiana coach Frank Vogel just won his first NBA playoff series but he’s talking tough: “We feel like we’re one of the best teams in the league. We are not viewing this in any way, shape or form like a David versus Goliath type of meeting. We are not the underdog here. This is two heavyweights going toe-to-toe. That’s how we view this series. We feel like we’re one of the best teams and we’re looking forward to getting into the series.”
And this from Granger …
Indiana forward Danny Granger is talking tough, too. At least he did acknowledge the Heat also have a “good team.” Said Granger, “I don’t think we’re underdogs by any means. Miami has more recognition with their Big Three guys, but I think we’re a good team as well. It’ll be a good match-up.”
And also this from Granger …
IND Danny Granger-’You look at our record since the All-Star break we actually have a better record than Miami does after the All Star break
IND C Roy Hibbert takes bit of shot at Heat ‘We didn’t do it the easy way. It took time We didn’t do this by signing a couple of superstars’
They talk a big game.
Will they bring one to Miami?