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.
Ben Hansbrough (@bhans23) June 3, 2013
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