Found May 10, 2012 on The NBA Passionista:
As soon as the matchups of the first-round were determined, many knew what team the Heat would see in the second-round and that was the Indiana Pacers. It’s a consensus through the NBA universe, although Indiana will put up a fight, the Heat will come out as the victors. Seems Indiana’s Frank Vogel and Roy Hibbert [...]

Vogel on Heat: 'They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA'

Move over Blake Griffin. You officially have company in the flopping department in the NBA. Instead of being replaced by another player known for being a bit dramatic and over-selling foul calls to the refs, an entire team on the “stop the flop” campaign has essentially replaced Griffin. On Thursday, Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel made a plea to the officials who will...

Pacers say they're not underdogs vs. Heat

The Indiana Pacers don't buy the David-vs.-Goliath label some experts have put on their second-round matchup with the Miami Heat. The Pacers know they are expected to lose the series, which begins Sunday in Miami. The Heat went to the finals last year and the Pacers just won their first series since 2005. Pacers coach Frank Vogel calls it an even matchup between heavyweights...

Pacers on a mission to prove they're legitimate

MIAMI -- The Indiana Pacers don't get much respect. Even from their own fans. The Pacers might have had the fifth-best record in the NBA this season, but they finished 29th, next to last, in home attendance. The only team worse was lame-duck New Jersey, which since has moved to Brooklyn. Indiana was the only playoff team ranked in the bottom seven. So pardon the Pacers if they...

Point guard duo Hill, Collison strong for Pacers

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer The Indiana Pacers say they have two starting point guards. One just happens to come off the bench. Darren Collison started for most of the regular season before a groin injury benched him down the stretch. George Hill stepped in and took Collison's starting job. Before Indiana's first-round...

Pacers-Heat: Preview and Predictions

Sometimes I wish the Pacers had finished with the fourth seed rather than the third. Despite being given an almost free pass in round one (no disrespect to the Magic, whose hard play is something the Pacers can certainly learn from this round), the Pacers are about to run into the juggernaught that is the Miami Heat. If they had finished fourth, sure, they might not have escaped...

Paul George gets task of slowing D-Wade

(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer The Pacers won't be double-teaming Dwyane Wade. Thanks to Paul George, they don't feel that will be necessary. George, a 6-foot-9 guard, made a name for himself last year as a rookie when he challenged Derrick Rose in the first round of the playoffs. Now, he'll face Wade, one of the league's quickest...

If experience matters, Heat have an edge on Pacers

If nothing else, this looming Miami-Indiana series might show what experience is really worth in the postseason. Because if that factor matters at all, it's advantage Heat. Everyone who may play for Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup between the Pacers and Heat have a combined 2,392 points in their postseason careers. Heat forward LeBron James has scored 2...

Pacers shoot first, send Heat defiant message

MIAMI -- A day after Miami guard Dwyane Wade predicted the Heat's playoff series against Indiana won't produce a lot of headlines, the Pacers have sought to prove him wrong. The East semifinal doesn't start until Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena But already Indiana coach Frank Vogel has fired the first shot, accusing the Heat of flopping. "It'll be interesting...
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