File this story under “Pacers Piss Off Opponents Like None Other, Part IV.”
Apparently, after the Pacers won Game 2 in South Beach, they were excited. They hooted and hollered some. This is shocking, of course, because most underdogs don’t enjoy winning playoff games on the road. So of course Dwyane Wade went out of his way to talk about it at length after a reported solicited his reaction.
Chris Tomasson of Fox Sun Sports in Florida has the story, which mostly likely is rooted in ABC picking up an in-game quote from Game 1 when Pacers coach Frank Vogel tried to motivate his team to victory by saying, “Do what the Mavericks did — BUT DO IT BETTER.” The Dallas Mavericks, in case you missed it, upset the Heat in the NBA Finals last year.
“I heard they wanted to be like the Dallas Mavericks, in a sense,” Wade said about an apparent reference to Pacers coach Frank Vogel using last year’s Mavs team, which beat the Heat in Miami for the title, as motivation for Indiana. “I saw their little celebration at the end of (Game 2). I don’t know if they didn’t expect to win, but every night we go out on the court, we expect to win.”
Wade then was asked about the celebration, but didn’t elaborate on what specifically irritated him.
“They say their identity, they say they want to be like Dallas,” Wade said. “So they celebrated like Dallas, I guess.”
On the zinger scale of “every joke Shaq has made on Inside the NBA” to Gregg Popovich benching Tim Duncan and writing “DNP-OLD” in the box score, this is somewhere in the middle. It’s not as good as Wade’s comedic work mocking Dirk for being sick, which was legit sorta funny, but it’s marginally clever in the sense of properly framing some decent “calm down, young’ns, it’s one game” mockery. I’ll give him a solid B- in my Post-Game Comedy Grades.
And while the Pacers didn’t exactly rent out the hottest club in Miami and buy a bottle of $90,000 champagne, the video above clearly shows that David West also would have preferred his teammates just give each other some reserved high fives and walked quietly to the locker room. (via CBS Sports)
But the best part is how often NBA stars (and Larry Sanders) get fired up about the Pacers while talking to reporters. Derrick Rose actually called out Indiana for this same thing: celebrating after a win on the road. And after the Pacers won in Minnesota, Kevin Love felt the need to publicly express his long-time dislike of the franchise.
Interesting. Now that the Pacers have knotted the series at 1-1, however, I imagine that, more than trying not to upset Wade again, their goal is to find out just how pissed off Kevin Garnett can get at them.
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