Heading into Tuesday's game five, the story was as follows: rebounding will make the difference, third-quarter scoring determines the game, and the Pacers' Danny Granger should spend less time being "dirty" and more time contributing.
I couldn't agree more with the first two, as was evident during Games 1 through 4. It's the latter point I have a problem with, especially after seeing blatant malicious acts committed by the Heat in their Tuesday blowout of the Pacers.
Granger was labeled as "dirty" following a couple of plays earlier in the series in which he got involved with LeBron James, who clearly threw elbows but missed. A quick reference to the NBA rules shows those should be technicals, but what's done is done.
And I understand it has to be frustrating for any player to compete with the Oscar-worthy performances given on almost every play by the Heat players. The other came on a foul as Dwyane Wade drove the lane and then got in Granger's face. It didn't happen the other way around.
So we came into Tuesday's game knowing the remaining games were going to be physical ones, something the NBA has worked hard to shy away from in recent ...
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