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What's in store for the Pacers?
Taking the Miami Heat to seven games is nothing to be ashamed of, but there's a sense with the Pacers that they could have done more, especially considering their disastrous Game 7. That being said, the team is in good shape for next season, especially if they manage to retain David West and get back a healthy Danny Granger. Frank Vogel's squad showed it could hang with the NBA's elite teams -- this offseason, it'll have to prove that it can beat them.
Steve Spurrier might just be messing with Nick Saban, but his belief that Alabama potentially could beat some NFL teams is being taken somewhat seriously. After all, watching the Crimson Tide dismantle opponents week after week could lead one to believe that against say, the Jaguars or Chiefs, they'd have at least a fighting chance. If Alabama's stifling defense could do it (and we're not saying it could), what about Oregon's up-tempo offense? Would it be more of a realistic prospect in a battle between a college basketball team and the worst NBA team?
Alabama is allowing 8.1 points per game this season, the best mark in all of college football ...
... but Oregon is putting up 53.4 points per game, also the best in college football.
The Hoosiers are on top of the preseason rankings, but could they hang with a team even as bad as last year's Hornets?
Which matchup would you watch?
Pete Carroll has seen both the college and pro games up close, and he thinks it wouldn't even be a contest. Still, it might be fun to watch.
The Pacers have been giving the Heat a lot of trouble in their series, but if last night's 115-83 Heat win is any indication, Miami is fully prepared to bring the hammer down. The teams traded three flagrant fouls, with Dexter Pittman roughing up Lance Stephenson, Tyler Hansbrough going after Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem retaliating against Hansbrough when the latter went in for a layup. Larry Bird thought his upstart Pacers were soft in this game, but was it just a fluke?
A soft team?
"I can't believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I'm disappointed. I never thought it would happen. That's all I have to say." -- Larry Bird
Tyler Hansbrough and Udonis Haslem were both called out for their physical play.
Both David West and Danny Granger suffered sprains in Game 5. West thought his injury was due to a cheap shot, although replays were somewhat less than conclusive.
Game 6 winner?
After such a decisive loss in Game 5, the Pacers will have to come out with a different approach in Game 6.
Nothing seems to go according to script for the Heat in the playoffs. If you believe LeBron James' prediction in their infamous introductory press conference, they should be well on their way to their second title by now. Instead, they're teetering on the brink of falling in a deep hole in their series against the Pacers. It's gotten so bad that the normally unflappable Dwyane Wade is scoring in the single digits and arguing with his coach. Whatever's wrong with Wade and the Heat, they'll have to turn it around quickly.
Will Wade turn it around?
Dwyane Wade's performance in Game 3 was eminently forgettable -- a mere five points and five turnovers in 37 minutes.
Wade vs. Spoelstra?
Dwyane Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra had to be separated after a heated argument.
The Pacers have been splitting scoring duties almost evenly among their five starters, and it's been working out well so far.
A trade in the future?
There's been talk of splitting up the Big Three if the Heat don't win this season, possibly with the intention of acquiring Dwight Howard.