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Quote of the day: Frank Vogel hopes the Heat don’t get too many whistles

May 10, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT


From our own Ira Winderman, here are some fighting words from Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, whose team will meet the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday:

“It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward. . . . Every drive to the basket they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers. Often times they’re falling down even before contact is even being made. It’ll be interesting to see how the series is officiated.”

Clearly, Vogel is already trying to “work the refs” a bit here. Given that he didn’t get very specific with his officiating complaints, I’d be surprised if Vogel got fined for his comments, but you never know when somebody makes a comment about NBA officiating.

  1. david8726 - May 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Wow, the series hasn’t even started and he’s already firing up the whambulance?

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    You would think that without the refs bailing the obviously inferior Heat out every night, Miami would have been 0-66 this year.

    • lmoneyfresh - May 10, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      I’m pretty sure that’s the issue at hand. Nobody can deny the heat (lebron/wade at least) are undeniably talented, but they have to stoop to the level of flopping at all times to draw calls to boot. I know for one that’s what really pisses me off when I watch them.

    • thestudiokida - May 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Hey 1972, what’s the reference in your username? Is there a team who last won it all in 1972?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 11, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Stems from almost 40 years of frustration as a Dolphins fan. Use the name on PFT, use it here too.

  3. soflasfinest - May 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Mr. Wright is that you?? Are you secretly coach vogel?! Hahaha

    • blueintown - May 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      C’mon, surely you agree the refs have screwed the Knicks out of every single championship since 1946.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    If the Knicks got screwed out of two games completely because of the refs, you KNOW you will, son.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    And John, he’s not WORKING the refs, he’s TELLING IT LIKE IT IS. Battier and Haslem are poor actors. As well as Chalmers. And often times they ARE falling before there is any contact. If there is any.

    Not to mention the antics of Wade and James overreacting or flat out taking dives (Wade), and actually getting calls.

    Thank GOD the Knicks went on to win Game 4, because that BS call on Chandler where James just flailed his limbs and went flying out of bounds was NOT a foul.

  6. asuthyo - May 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    “Every drive to the basket they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers.”

    This is called taking a charge Frank.

  7. bhester1906 - May 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    That’s right Vogel. Give Miami some bulletin board material….They needed something to them to play hard.

  8. lakerluver - May 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    GO PACERS!! Am I an Indy fan? Nope. But I hate the “Heatles”. The Pacers can beat them if they control either Wade or LBJ. Chances are they won’t control them both but if they contain just one of them they have a chance to spring the upset.

    • heat256 - May 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Maybe you should worry about your own team potentially losing a game 7 and not getting the pleasure of having the Spurs or OKC send Kobe’s broken body home to cry in his soup.

  9. canehouse - May 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Until the rules are changed… can it! The HEAT are playing within the rules of the game. The Hate is so strong with all! Get ready Indy… Here we come!!!

  10. labratre - May 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    The Pacers don’t have a chance in hell to win this series. They will compete, play hard, but will not come close to winning it. This coach is an idiot! I wouldn’t have said a think, just get your troops ready and go in to battle. Working the refs, make me think he’s scared, and don’t have confidence in his troops

  11. labratre - May 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    GO HEAT! It’s over, no need to even play this series. Indy not ready! Now, I like the Pacers team, but, this is the first year they are together in the playoffs. Next year they’ll do a lot better. I mean, come on, if D. Howard would have suited up for Orlando, they would be gone fishing righ now.

    • comeonnowguys - May 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      I think Miami’s going to walk as well, but you realize the Pacers made the playoffs last year.

      Oh right, Heat fan since July 2010. Gotcha.

  12. treatjr - May 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    The Heat make soccer players look tuff.

  13. xli2006 - May 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Side note: the refs during the Pacers/Magic series were garbage… hopefully they clean that up next series.

    If that chic ref comes anywhere near this series I’ll be livid by tip-off. She is terrible at her job.

    • soflasfinest - May 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      She’s awful!

  14. thenmoveback - May 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Anyone who thinks the Heat will not dominate this series is living in a fantasy land.

  15. bhester1906 - May 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    They had a tough time with ORL. Does anyone really give them a shot?

    • mightyquinn69 - May 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Indy is one of those teams, that if they get hot, they can shot the lights out! They are also an athletic team, so yes, I give the a chance.

  16. turnmymicup - May 11, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Wow this is interesting. Not only are the Heat Haters crying to their moms but now we have a coach! Play some defense and man up. The knicks didnt get eliminated due to the refs calls. Bad defense, poor shot selection, and a superior Miami defense was enough to do the job. Pacers finally get better this year and now they want to get cocky since they made it to Round 2. Calm down coach and bring your best. Miami will be ready. Strictly Business.

  17. davidly - May 11, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Not just on the defensive end. You know that hook move Jordan was so good at? James has got one too, only it’s an shoulder to the chest and elbow to the ribs.

  18. southbeachtalent - May 11, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Yes it it wasn’t for the refs we would have clearly lost in the first round. Had nothing to do with how horrible the Knicks played.

    Indy is no cupcake but with the refs help we should be fine..

    Hate on haters, it’s what you do!

  19. africanballer - May 11, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    if this is suppose to motivate his players he better come up with something else

  20. heat256 - May 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    IND will be a much better challenge than NY was. Hell, a JV team can probably play better than the Knicks since they pass the ball. I’m surprised melo and JR Smith didn’t slice the ball in two right there on the court so they both could take ill-advised shots. I expect the Pacers to give the Heat fits but I see the Heat in six.

  21. alltimeballa - May 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I have been watching this scenario in which The Heat win it all but ‘HATERS” will find a way to either say, “they should have with the talent” or “the got help from refs” or now with Chicago gone, ” if D Rose and Noah were healthy….”

    The Heat can only play the team that is put on the floor….being more talented, bad calls or injuries is all a part of the game. Get over it!!

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