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Video: Wade, Spoelstra talk physical Heat/Pacers series

May 23, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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Things between the Pacers and Heat have gotten chippy, like a good playoff series should. They don’t like each other. The Pacers came in with a “nobody respects us” chip on their shoulder and stood up to the Heat. Indy got under Miami’s skin. The Heat responded with a couple of blistering wins and some physical play of their own.

Above are Erik Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade talking about the physicality after their Game 5 win, and saying all the right things.

If you didn’t see the play where Wade got injured, well, here you go.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Bottom line is this: The Heat were down. The entire basketball watching world was killing them, writing the entire last two years off as a big failure. Pacers were feeling really good about themselves. They had the Heat on the ropes, at home, with a huge size advantage over Miami with Chris Bosh out. Suddenly the Pacers were the favorites, and everyone started expecting them to win.

    And Heat responded. In a big freaking way. In every way. Total domination. No mercy.

    What more can a fan ask for at this point? It’s the second round. You don’t win a chamionship in the second round, we all know. But the response to the loss in Game 3 has been exemplary. A model for all franchises in every sport.

    But as we know, the 4th win in a series is the toughest, and I like the odds of the Heat’s treating Game 6 with the appropriate level of intensity and execution.

  2. teamobijuan - May 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Flop.

    • drunkenjunk - May 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      always a flopper, lays down long enough to look hurt then pops back up.

    • edweird0 - May 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Yeah I’d love to see you stay up after a hit like that. Jackass

    • teamobijuan - May 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Hey, vote down this post too.

  3. paintman34 - May 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    uh laying down isnt flopping he’s taking his time,

  4. nokoolaidcowboy - May 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Diva.

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