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Are the Heat Vs. Pacers Games Getting Too Physical?

Sports 2012/05/23 20:00:00
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Maybe LeBron James took his "The Hunger Games" reading to heart before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals -- because it looks like both the Indiana Pacers and his Miami Heat are fighting to the NBA death. There's been bad blood in this series ever since Pacers All-Star Danny Granger decided to get in the face of virtually every Heat player that got in his way.

Now it's understandable the Pacers have a chip on their shoulder. After all, no one expected them to go this far in the playoffs and they're a small market team. They also wouldn't even be in the second round had their first round opponent, the Orlando Magic, had a healthy and dominant Dwight Howard to suit up. LeBron and the Heat did respect the Pacers' heart, but that respect seems to have turned to hate.

Both LeBron and Dwyane Wade publicly dissed the Pacers for making choking gestures after one of their losses -- and both called out Granger's so-called toughness. Needless to say, the Heat have bullied the Pacers as far as basketball goes, winning Games 4 and 5 to take a 3-2 series lead. Game 5 saw the teams pick up a combined three flagrant fouls, which depending on the severity, could lead to players being thrown out of a game and/or suspended. One more win and the Heat can punch their ticket to a second straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance. The problem? They may have to get punched in the mouth one more time to do so. But one thing's for sure: the Miami Heat isn't afraid to punch back.

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  • Apache 2012/05/24 15:56:32
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/24 15:03:21
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    Yes and getting out of hand and the Head coaches can take of the situation
  • betz 2012/05/24 14:08:32
    No
    betz
    I'm an Ohioan...keep punching at the idiot LeBron!!!
  • keliffa 2012/05/24 13:42:23
    No
    keliffa
    They're both doing it. Dish it out, get it back, baby.

    miami heat death star
  • Eugene M 2012/05/24 13:07:54
    Yes
    Eugene M
    It all depends on what we call a physical game. We all can appreciate a physical game, and we expect it from whatever team we root for, but a game where players cannot equal their opponents output so they resort to tactics that are dirty and intended to just cause pain, we can do without.
  • Patrick 2012/05/24 04:31:32
    Yes
    Patrick
    In regard to Haslem's two handed push/punch in Tyler Hansborough's face, well it was an obvious intentional foul. And I may know why Haslem did it: Because Tyler Hansborough commited an earlier foul against Dwayne Wade, but might I add that Hansborough's foul on Wade was just a normal foul, a little tough, but ultimately unintentional. Haslem's was completely intentional, it's obvious. So the question is, when do we put our foot down and say enough is enough!!!! When Hansborough walks away, with a sore face, or when he has a broken nose, and is out for half the playoffs. Sit that behavior down for 3 games.
  • selgo451 2012/05/24 00:45:17
  • Transcendence 2012/05/23 23:48:19
    No
    Transcendence
    "The Heats are a whiny bunch" - Charles Barkley. Simple as that. They're pampered just like the Lakers. I was glad to see the Pacers rough them up.
  • jacob crim 2012/05/23 23:39:26
    No
    jacob crim
    The NBA is currently far to soft. A little blood never hurt anyone.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/05/23 23:27:09
    No
    TimothyBrianFoley
    they are not physical enough miami heat miami heat you need to do better
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/23 22:54:02
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    Playoff Basketball
  • JackTheShredder 2012/05/23 22:29:05
    No
    JackTheShredder
    It's the playoffs baby. Go hard or go home!
  • the fuze 2012/05/23 21:49:29
    Yes
    the fuze
    The refs swallowed their whistles in game 4.
  • wes 2012/05/23 19:47:12
    No
    wes
    +1
    If a tree falls in the woods, and there's nobody there to hear it, does it really make any noise?

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