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Larry Bird called the Indiana Pacers soft. His team agreed. LeBron James thought otherwise.
Bird told The Indianapolis Star early Wednesday that he ''can't believe my team went soft'' after the Pacers were beaten 115-83 in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night against the Miami Heat.
Miami leads the series 3-2, with Game 6 on Thursday in Indianapolis.
Tuesday's game in Miami was marred by three flagrant fouls - one committed by Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough against Dwyane Wade, another by Miami's Udonis Haslem against Hansbrough moments after Wade was bloodied. The last was a particularly hard play by Heat reserve center Dexter Pittman against the Pacers' Lance Stephenson in the final seconds.
''I agree with his assessment. We did play soft,'' Indiana's Danny Granger said Wednesday. ''We got smacked around. We got beat up, we got bullied, and we really didn't respond well.
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The worst playoff loss in Indiana Pacers franchise history had team president Larry Bird calling out his players, according to an Indianapolis Star report. "I can't believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T," Bird told the paper. "I'm disappointed. I never thought it would happen." Asked to elaborate, Bird said, "That's all I have to say." ...
Larry Bird called the Indiana Pacers soft. Players agreed with
their team president.
Take a chill pill on the vocabulary, Larry Legend. If David Stern hears that type of foul language about a small town NBA team one more time, expect to hear announcers from the league start calling your team the Pacers of Seattle or Pittsburgh. Isn't Tyler Hansbrough the only white guy on the team? No way in hell can a team that goes 8 black men deep playing basketball be...
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