What They’re Saying – June 4
Check out what’s being said around the web about the conclusion of the Eastern Conference Finals.
CBS Sports: “He (Wade) needed to find a way to be aggressive while not being reckless against a great defensive unit. That’s exactly what he did as the Heat tried to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals.” Read More
Miami Herald: “The avalanche of Pacers turnovers began early — bad passes here, offensive fouls there — in all, 15 of them in the first half. Those miscues were disappointing but not entirely surprising, considering that had been an issue for Indiana all season.” Read More
Indy Star: “So, who were those Indiana Pacers? They played so thoroughly out of character, they were unrecognizable from the team that pushed the Heat to this seventh game, and got blown out as a result. They turned the ball over. They got creamed on the boards. They didn’t accomplish much of anything in the paint. With the season and a legacy on the line, the Heat discovered another gear. The Pacers did not.” Read More
Dwyane Wade with his first 20-point game since April 23. Timing was impeccable.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 4, 2013
Sports Illlustrated: “For six back-and-forth games the Pacers had bullied them on the boards and made them feel small while stifling their shooters. But this winner-take-all night was an entirely different environment for both teams. It made the young Pacers act their age, and it brought the defending champions back to life for a 99-76 win.” Read More
Central Florida News: “George was the last Indiana player on the floor as Miami prepped for its postgame celebration, shaking any hand he could find before being walked toward the visiting locker room by Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who slung an arm over his star’s shoulder. His time will likely come someday.” Read More
USA Today: “The Pacers already head into next season as the Heat’s main challenger in the East, and they come back with the starting forward Paul George, center Roy Hibbert and guards George Hill and Lance Stephenson intact.” Read More
I disagree w those sayin Pacers weren’t supposed 2 get 2 the ECF who was..Knicks? No offense/heart..Bulls? Depleted..Pacers only team w shot
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) June 4, 2013
Bleacher Report: “The Pacers learned that they sport a frontcourt on whose size and skill they can successfully lean—even in a league where small ball is all the rage, even against a Heat team that’s ridden that style to historic heights.” Read More
ESPN: “This is a team that has some questions on the horizon: What to do with West, who’s eligible to become a free agent in a month? What to do with Granger, who might become a trade target as George has blossomed ahead of an imminent contract extension this summer? But that’s the funny thing about expectations. Once you’ve exceeded them, the bar is set even higher. One thing is for sure, the Pacers belong.” Read More