Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 5/23/12

When the Pacers got their balls stuffed back in their faces on Tuesday night against the Heat, what choice did Larry Bird really have other then to call his team soft? After Indiana had been physically intimidating all series long, and seemed to play with a chip on their shoulder, they backed down in the most important game of the series once Miami pushed back.

Larry Legend has a little experience with stuff like this. Want to know why he’s not soft? Because he got this violent brawl with Dr. J. Now, I’m not condoning the idea of David West lacing up the gloves and knocking Mario Chalmers in the mouth or anything, but the Pacers can’t  just shy away when Udonis Haslem starts slapping people in the face.

I have a feeling this series is going to get even more violent. Between the Dwyane Wade-Tyler Hansbrough-Udonis Haslem love triangle that developed on Tuesday, and Dexter Pittman’s unadulterated assault of Lance Stephenson’s neck, things have already gotten a little out hand. Add in Bird’s comments, potential suspensions, the fact that Indiana is at home facing elimination and the inevitable LeBron disappearing act down the stretch, and we could be in for an exciting time on Thursday nighht.

Maybe Larry can give the team a lesson before the game on how to be mentally tough, or how to tune up your opponent with a flying right hand (see video). At the very least, he can kick Fran Vogel in the balls in front of his team to show them that he’s not afraid to go to war with anyone…even his own coach.

No man left behind, Pacers. Remember that. Does it apply? Hell, I don’t even know anymore, I’m just so fired up from watching this video and the idea of West dropping a kidney shot on LeBron that I’m starting to lose focus. Wouldn’t that be great? How about Spoelstra and Vogel having a slap fight in front of the scorer’s table? A man can dream.

Either way though, toughen up Indiana. The Legend is watching, and he thinks you acted like a bunch of pansies the other day. If you don’t want to end up outside the locker room tied naked to a backboard with Larry whipping you in the nuts with a car antenna, you’ll heed his words.

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