Paul George and his coach can’t seem to agree on why the Pacers lost last night.
Despite the Pacers trailing the Heat for every second of last night’s game, George somehow insists his team outplayed Miami.
“Looking at the stat sheet we outplayed them,” George said. “You have to give them credit, they won this game at the free throw line. They really just were able to get to the line more than we were. I thought we outplayed them tonight.”
I don’t know if this is just George’s concussion talking or what, but it’s hard to see how he can honestly say the Pacers were the better playing team last night.
Coach Frank Vogel sounded a bit more reasonable in his assessment of Indiana's performance.
“We got outplayed by the Heat,” Vogel said. “They’re the best offensive team in the NBA. That’s the biggest reason [we've struggled defensively]. They’re got great weapons. They’re very difficult to guard.”
Vogel thinks the Heat are so difficult to guard, in fact, that he actually tried to step in and play a little perimeter defense on Shane Battier last night. When Battier put up a three in the first quarter, Vogel moved towards him and screamed. It didn’t work of course, and the Heat took a 21-13 lead.
Desperate times for Vogel and the crew:
Only eight teams in NBA history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA playoff series. Good luck with that, Indiana.