March 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) grabs a rebound against the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Miami 105-90. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
Along with Frank Vogel labeling the Heat as floppers Danny Granger expressed his thoughts on the matchup and wasn't willing to accept the underdog role in the series. With two off days remaining before the series tips off, I'm sure there will be a round of reaction quotes from the Heat today along with more follow ups from the Pacers.
I like what Vogel is doing to try to set a tone for the officiating in the series and Granger was doing nothing more than speaking the truth as he sees it, that he plans to win. Like his "winnable" comments about the Knicks earlier in the season, they are harmless on the surface.
My only concern is that the Pacers have a pretty horrid track record of backing up any talking they do. They are much better letting their game do the talking. So this should be interesting considering in this series with magnified media coverage and plenty of idle time, the players will be compelled to talk. Now the Pacers have to handle their business on and off the court.
Also, Game 2 will be played on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET and be televised on TNT.
Check out the links after the jump.
- Post Practice 120510 | video | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Hick vs. Slick? Team vs. Dream? | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Pacers Crate: Round 2 Heat Preview | video | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Pacers have daunting task of defending Miami Heat's LeBron James | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers notebook: Frank Vogel says Miami Heat like to 'flop' | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Son of ex-Pacer Rik Smits growing his game at Zionsville | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- No. 2 Heat vs. No. 3 Pacers - Britt Robson - SI.com
- Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel fires first shot in NBA playoffs series against Miami Heat. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
- Miami Heat Q&A: Ira Winderman answers readers' questions about the team - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
- Pacers say they're not underdogs vs. Heat - AP
- Danny Granger: "I Don’t Think We’re Underdogs" | Eight Points, Nine Seconds
- Wade set to see Pacers in playoffs again - Palm Beach Post
- Indiana Pacers take preemptive strike against Miami Heat - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
- NBA playoffs -- Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers: What's the selling point? - ESPN
- Dwyane Wade's historic block party rolls on - Heat Index Blog - ESPN
- PHOTO: When The Indiana Pacers Went To Disney World - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
- The Point Forward " Posts One player key to Pacers’ run vs. Heat "