The Heat and Pacers didn't disappoint in this one. This was a back and forth game with a lot of chippiness. Even though the Heat are a great defensive team, this game did not play in their favor. The Pacers didn't allow the game to turn into a track meet, something the Heat does very well, and instead made this a half-court fight to the finish. Pacers started out early by feeding Roy Hibbert down bottom, scoring 13 of the Pacers 23 first quarter points. The Pacers strongly feel like they can beat the Heat with home-court advantage and I agree with them but I don't think they necessarily need home court. If the Pacers continue to play tough and agitate the Heat like they did tonight, along with playing smart, they can for sure beat the Heat in 7 games. Pacers are blessed with Paul George and Lance Stephenson, who refuses to back down from LeBron and Wade (especially Lance) in the back court, something other teams lack. Most importantly though the Pacers have Hibbert and the Heat have no answer for Big Hibb, especially when he is on.
This is only the beginning of what I think will be very messy and detrimental to college athletics. I am not a supporter of the NCAA and their money-grubbing officials, but I don't support paying college athletes either. None the less, this is a historic day in College athletics.
Jared Allen had us all thinking that he would retire after last season but nope, he will play for his former team's rival, Chicago Bears. I find it funny when players leave a team they spent a major part of their career with and go to the rival squad. I understand it's a business but I would like to see a little bit more integrity, just for the fans. Let us know that you care and respect the rivals, even if the owners don't, but I digress. Good luck to the Bears and Allen in the upcoming season.
Is it wrong to consider Larry Brown one of the greatest coaches ever? He has been coaching since 1969, in both NBA and ABA, and in the college ranks. He has a total of 1,542 wins, a coach of the year in the NBA(2001), College(1988), and ABA (1973, 1975–1976), along with a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. It's not to many coaches with that type of resume in 3 different basketball leagues. Brown's most recent work with the SMU Pony Express is beyond impressive. In 2013, his first season with the school, Brown coached the Mustangs to 15 wins, this season they have 25. The Mustangs only have one 20-win season in the past 15 years and 1 post season tournament, the CBI in 2011. Brown and the Mustangs were snubbed on an invite to the big dance but they are taking full advantage of the NIT appearance