The Pacers have an opportunity they may not be ready for, but can can certainly take advantage of it they enjoy the moment and go for greatness.
Pacers bench coach Brian Shaw has been through Game 7 battles as a player and coach, offering the Pacers their only first-hand experience to lean on as they prepare to play the Miami Heat on Monday night for a trip to the NBA Finals.
Lack of experience and youth make it hard to believe the Pacers are even in this position, but the talent along with exceptional preparation have put the Pacers in a position where they can win on the road by executing what they do and being the aggressor on the court.
But the Pacers will need to be in the right frame of mind, as Shaw told Mike Wells.
"I like not to have any clutter in my mind," Shaw said. "It's the seventh time playing the same team in a short amount of time, so it's really not a whole lot of stuff you need to go over. And the main thing, from a coaches perspective, you try to get the players to have fun and let it all hang out. One of the things I'll try to hit home with the team is they should run to the action not run away from it."
So, yeah, unfortunately Roy Hibbert's mind has been cluttered for the past couple of days. Will the big fella be able to leave the public beat down he received for his post-Game 6 comments? He's been spectacular on the floor in this series and nothing physically on the floor will be different? Hopefully his mind-set remains with the task at hand on the court. He took the criticism, will pay the $75,000 fine from the NBA, so now it is time to move on...to the Finals.
The team appeared to be enjoying themselves at their team dinner in Miami last night. Hopefully the wait staff wasn't messing with the food.
Check out the links:
Game Preview: Pacers at Heat, Game 7 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Pacers assistant Brian Shaw on Game 7s: 'Everybody dreams of these situations as a kid.' | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Bob Kravitz: Whatever happens in Game 7, Indianapolis is a Pacers town again | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Bob Kravitz: 3 things I'm curious about before Game 7 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers’ Hibbert center of attention on and off court - 1070 The Fan
Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh poised for Game 7 of NBA Eastern Conference finals against Indiana Pacers. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
LeBron James Stands At Miami Crossroads - Daily Dime - ESPN
Game 7 winners or not, sky's the limit for young, polished Pacers - NBA - CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Miami Heat: Indiana Pacers enter Game 7 against the Miami Heat with confidence - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Heat-Pacers: As Game 7 approaches, the Pacers' 3-point defense rules - CBS Sports
TheJayGravesReport.com: Ultimate Distraction (Game 7 Preview & Prediction)
What’s at stake for the Heat and Pacers in Game 7? | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
Time To Grow Up | The Rotation
Miami Heat’s dream season could turn to a nightmare with one Game 7 - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
Dan Le Batard: Oh, how we love the Heat insanity - Dan Le Batard - MiamiHerald.com
While Roy Hibbert shines, Pacers’ defense truly thrives as a collective | The Point Forward - SI.com
What happened to Heat's Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade? - USA TODAY
Pacers’ Hibbert Fined $75K For ‘Inappropriate And Vulgar’ Language " NBA.com | Hang Time BlogPacers’ Hibbert Fined $75K For ‘Inappropriate And Vulgar’ Language " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog
Twitter / bhans23: Team dinner in Miami ..
Report: Brian Shaw wants to coach the Clippers | ProBasketballTalk
2013-14 NBA salary cap to be $58.5 million, according to report - SBNation.com