Originally written June 02, 2013 on Crossover Chronicles:
Before Indiana's 91-77 Game Six victory over Miami to force a decisive Game Seven on Monday, Frank Vogel said David West (nursing an injury) told him not to stop the fight. Like Apollo Creed against Ivan Drago, even if he was about to die, he wanted the fight to go on. Pride, country and Rocky Balboa were all in his corner depending on him. Maybe not all those things. But West had a lot riding on the line for himself and his team as Indiana faced elimination for the first time this postseason and Miami seemed set to get to the Finals and four wins away from their title defense. The Pacers continue to defy the experts, the public and take down the Ivan Dragos of the world. Miami has the brash, the bravado, the championship rings and maybe James Brown singing "Living in America." What the Heat do not have is size and toughness on the inside. Their goal in this series against the Pacers was to get them running and spread them out with their 3-point shooters an...
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