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Larry Bird Calls Pacers Soft After Game 5 Loss to Heat

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Larry Bird was definitely not happy Tuesday night after the Indiana Pacers' 115-83 loss to the Miami Heat.

The Pacers now trail the series, 3-2, and are in a win-or-go-home mode as they head back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 6.

Bird called out the Pacers, saying they played "soft" against Miami in that beatdown. Bird went as far as spelling out the word to show how bad they really were:

“I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird said on the phone. “S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.”

When asked to elaborate on those comments, an obviously frustrated Bird said, “That’s all I have to say.”


Bird is right about the Pacers' play. With guys like David West and Roy Hibbert down low, they shouldn't be getting scored on by guys like Joel Anthony and Shane Battier in the paint.

Josh Dhani is the founder of FootBasket. He also contributes at Hoops Authority and Eight Points Nine Seconds. You can read more about him at his website. Follow him on Twitter @joshdhani.

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