Originally posted on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 5/20/13
Everyone in the NBA is way too friendly. Opponents used to hate one another. When was the last time we saw ourselves a nice quality heated rivalry? The Pistons and Pacers looked to be on their way to one in 2004 when Ben Wallace shoved Ron Artest, but that was avoided when Artest and Stephen Jackson charged the stands instead. We probably would have to go back to the old Knicks and Heat rivalry of the late 90s to find some quality fire between two teams. Part of a good rivalry is built by postseason matchups. When teams don’t have much at stake between them, it loses some of the punch to it. For the second time in two seasons, the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers will be playing one another in the NBA Playoffs. Last year, the Pacers appeared ready to really give the Heat some trouble. To add some fire to begin the series, head coach Frank Vogel referred to the Heat as the biggest floppers in the game. It may have been done to get the refs attention, nevertheless, the Heat didn’t appreciate it. The Pacers did manage to jump out to a 2-1 series lead [...]
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