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Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel spent two hours on Mike & Mike discussing the NBA Finals.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2015 NBA Finals continues to escalate, there have been no shortage in reactions to LeBron James more or less willing his Cleveland Cavaliers to a surprising 2-1 series lead against the Golden State Warriors. Game 3 featured the Cavs building on their blueprint from the first three games of bullying the Warriors into submission, culminating with a 20-point third quarter lead against a Warriors team more interested in trying to escape the fight than leave their mark.

But an 8-0 run to open the fourth as James rested finally opened things up for Golden State, who came to within a point before falling 96-91 in Cleveland. James's play, coupled with the play of Matthew Dellavedova and Stephen Curry continued to play the headlines on ESPN's Mike & Mike, where Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel sat in for the final two hours of the show to discuss the outcome of Game 3 and the series as a whole moving forward, occasionally touching upon the following selfie, which Vogel said he did like despite Greeny's blasts on Golic.

Vogel was joined by Tom Thibadeau early, with Thibadeau sarcastically noting that he and to a degree Vogel were where they were because you "play LeBron, you end up here." Of course, both Thibs and Vogel are a not so healthy 0-6 in the playoffs against James-led teams, which brings to light the difficulties the Warriors are having realizing what they have on their hands.

When asked about what can be done about minimizing the effectiveness of James, Vogel said the only chance is to play one on one. He was asked how to best succeed with one on one defense against James, and Vogel simply said, "By putting Paul George on him." While George isn't always going to be the perfect answer, Vogel also noted that help defense offered nothing with James's ability to find the right pass.

Vogel as a whole was every bit the personality Pacers fans have come to know over the years. Even when talking about Golden State's somewhat sheepish play, he suggested that they were still playing hard, but simply getting out hustled by Cleveland and using that as reinforcement for the players to not only look in the mirror, but to illustrate ways for them to get over that hump.

There's no shortage of positives in Vogel's reinforcements, as he likes to take care of doubt before the game by challenging them to up their level of play. That even includes not going away from players like Harrison Barnes, who despite an 0-8 shooting night, remains a key part of Golden State's success to that point and that believing in things will get better would be preferable to telling him to quit shooting.

Very few of Vogel's answers strayed from his overall ideal as a head coach, and while hearing him looking for the positives in the play of Barnes isn't a surprise, it may be when putting them in line with his own coaching with the Pacers, be it either the play of Roy Hibbert in the 2014 postseason, or much of the struggles from David West this past season.

He was also vocal about the keys of depth. Despite the series being 2-1 in favor of the team that lacks it, he still sees it as being key against a player like James even if James can (and often does) negate depth. But he felt Cleveland failed to open the fourth the right way, and the way the momentum shifted in Golden State's favor in the fourth could begin to exploit Cleveland's depth.

It's where Vogel even sees the series heading. When asked about adjustments for both teams, Vogel talked about how the Cavaliers would have to play an even scrappier and hungrier style of ball because he suspects the Warriors will be hungrier and scrappier on their own. He believes they're playing with fire in relation to the lack of depth and they need to get better results from the support cast around James.

Vogel did state that he believes James's minutes play (47.4 MPG) compared to Michael Jordan (1993 Finals, 45.7 MPG) and Kobe Bryant (2009, 43.8) is more impressive because of what James has to do with those minutes. But that ability of James is able to be where it is even without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love because of Cleveland's makeup as a team of players who already play with chips on their shoulders, calling Dellavedova the worst kind of irritant to Curry.

After a segment with Chris Broussard, who spoke with a hoarse and broken voice, Mike & Mike asked Vogel about his own experience with a lost voice, which Vogel replied that it depends entirely on the officiating and later saying that he felt good about standing up for his players last season when he led the league with 10 technical fouls.

Regarding Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Vogel believes the momentum of the Warriors will carry over and it will reflect the fourth quarter of Game 3. While he thinks it will be close, he sees the hunger of Golden State and the possibility of doubt creeping into Cleveland making a difference and that the Cavs do need to win this game to avoid giving away all of their own momentum from their last two wins.

Even if Thibs was correct in suggesting the only reason Vogel was on set was because of LeBron James, it was nice to hear from the Pacers head coach this morning about where the NBA Finals stand. Vogel's philosophies as a coach were well on display, which may provide a different insight for fans around the NBA while simply confirming things for Pacers fans about what to expect from the Pacers in 2015-16.