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Pacers coach Vogel: Win Game 5 and we win the series

Apr 26, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago Reuters

Because what the Pacers really want to do is give the Bulls some real motivation, we give you Pacers coach Frank Vogel, speaking at Tuesday’s shootaround (as quoted by several members of the media):

“We feel like if we win this game tonight, we’ll win the series.”

It sounds like he took the brown acid against the announcer’s advice, but I suppose you want your coach to feel that way. Confident, not tripping. You want him to think his team has a real chance. To say it out loud is another thing entirely.

Vogel is optimistic and a bit brash. Which is good. He got more out of these Pacers since taking over than Jim O’Brien did in a couple years, and in the playoffs they have defended well and tested the Bulls. They have played the role of plucky underdogs well.

Tuesday night their season is going to end. It was going to before Vogel said this to the media, it doesn’t really change anything. At the end of the day they have played hard and the Bulls have yet to play their best. That is about to change.

But when Larry Bird sits down to think about who should coach the Pacers next season, Vogel should get a long, hard look.

  1. gmsingh - Apr 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Oh my God, did Foster elbow him in the head too?

  2. metalhead65 - Apr 26, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    is the news so slow that the media has to take everything the pacers say and blow it out of proportion? first it was trash talk when granger said if they slow down rose they have a better chance winning and it is trash talk when he said the celtics were a veteran team with championships. that is trash talk?then the coach says that if they win this game he thinks they will win the series and it’s bulletin board material? what is he suppose to say that they will lose the series even if they win tonight?get a grip people,no guarantees or boasts just guys saying what they believe without insulting anybody. again if the bulls need that kind of we believe in ourselves talk as motivation to win then they are not going very far should they beat the pacers tonight.

  3. mogogo1 - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    It’d have been much more noteworthy if Vogel had made that comment before Game 1. But at this point, what do you expect him to say: That the series is really already over but the NBA is making them play out the string?

  4. blueintown - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    The Bulls also believed if they won game five they would win the series.

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