The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat last night 91-77 to force a game seven Monday night in Miami.
Before the game, Pacers head coach told his team, “We are two games away from the NBA finals.”
When most people were calling it a “closeout” game for the Heat (Miami led 3-2) Vogel was seeing the glass half full and showing his team that they were going to win the series.
“We have great respect for their culture; their togetherness; their teamwork; their ability to win the plays at the rim; their ability to win loose ball battles; their ability to just reach that level of greatness. We didn’t play our best basketball tonight and we were able to get a win. We’re going to have to play our best basketball to get a win down there in Game 7.” -Frank Vogel
Pacers power forward David West:
“I wasn’t 100 percent, but I had to play. We’ve come too far for me not to play. I’m not feeling good right now although this win helps. I’m sure I will be better tomorrow and I’ll be ready for Monday.”
I have always liked West not only as a player but he’s a better person too. I found that out first hand when I worked Xavier’s basketball camp and West was there. West reminds me of the late Maurice Lucas; the way they play and their presence on the floor and how valuable they are to their team. West played last night with a fever of a 103 degrees.
Indiana’s Paul George, Roy Hibbert and West have outscored Miami’s LeBron James, D-Wade and Chris Bosh 368-332 in the series.
Tom Kensler of the Denver Post with a great recruiting article on Tad Boyle at Colorado.
“We’re going to recruit good-character kids who know right from wrong,” he said. “They can come from different backgrounds and family situations. That’s OK. But they must have been held accountable and are used to being held accountable.”