And no we don't talk too much. The media just tries to paint us that way.
And no we don't talk too much. The media just tries to paint us that way.
Monta Ellis will be a star for the Blue & Gold.
We can do whatever we want, as long as we're backing it up. I always like the quote in the NFL, where a player would say, "You don't like me celebrating in the end zone? Well, don't let me score." If you don't like it, beat us. Could Lance tone it down? Yes. May it get him in trouble some day? Yes. I'm sure he knows the risks, but so far no one's been able to stop him.
And if anyone thinks having a goal to have home-court throughout the east, or just in general, is being arrogant...well, at least, we didn't set a public picture day and claim "not 1, not 2......."
The League has had very few bigger trash talkers than Larry Bird and Reggie Miller. I wish PG would stop with the *****ing to the Refs as much as he does, but so far, he hasn't gone over the line and been given technicals, so I guess he's still in control of himself. Some of Lances' "dance moves" may be a little much, but think about when you were 23 and having one of the best times of your life. Did you smile quietly and put your head down? Yeah, me neither.
**** them. We've been the joke of the East for sometime now. It's about time we show some pride.
I think the HCA thing is a bit too much, the Pacers will almost assuredly lose 1 home game to the Heat if they play in a series this season. The Pacers have to figure out how to win 1 or possibly 2 games in Miami. TNT said it best when Charles, Kenny, and Shaq all had experiences of losing HCA quickly or winning without it. Shaq's team even at it's best lost game 1 of the Finals at home to the 76ers, their only playoff loss.
There are some games they either should have already or should during the season rest players for a half/a game. 4 games in 5 nights, 5 in 7, that sort of thing, we saw how PG struggled during that last stretch of games, maybe taking a game off would've helped him there.
"It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."
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I'm probably as old school as it comes, too. I believe in playing sound, fundamental basketball. But, I also believe in passion, too. The problem I have, and probably you as well, is that there is a limit on the "proper" display of passion. I can't define it, but I know it when I see it exceeded. And, there are many definitions of that limit, depending on the individual.
For me, anything done on the court, whether complaining to an official or celebrating a play, must never hinder your tam's performance on the other end of the court. And, it must never cross the threshold of "taunting". But again, that is a personal definition.
I've come to appreciate some of Lance's passion and humor on the court. But some of it also exceeds my personal limit.
As for publicly stating the goal of achieving HCA, I'm all for it. It creates an "internal pressure" that helps maintain focus. It's a lot like having the energy, focus and dedication to playing both ends of e court the best e can each trip down the floor, except this proclamation applies to the entire season. Miss that goal, and you give other teams and their players fuel to mock you. Attain that goal, and you not only had the balls to publicly state it, giving other teams maximum impetus to cause you to fail, but you actually go out and give it all the gust you have to grab it. I applaud the Pacers for this. Put it on the line and prove it. Good for them.
We don't talk enough and Lance should tone up his antics.
The idea for HCA is that if you go 7 games you are at home. In most circumstances both teams manage to win one away game when going to 3-3.
I believe wholeheartedly that you gain by players playing normal minutes through difficult stretches. You watch for atypical fatigue-inducing situations that might lead to injury, but normal tiredness you play through because it makes you better.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...
You don't see West or Scola getting so hyped up when they do something great and that is natural as well. It's why they are veterans.
No, we don't talk too much. We're just stating our goals.
The reason that some people think that we're "overcelebrating" is simple. It's our young guys that are playing like stars and they are supposed to get hyped up at their age.
Honestly, it gets the fans fired up too. It wasn't too long ago that Banker's Life Fieldhouse sounded more like a morgue.
The desire for HCA revolves around the fact that we want to have Game 7 at home if it comes to that. We certainly cannot bank on winning all four games at home, because Miami has been able to win here in each of the prior two postseasons. But we've also shown that we can steal a game down there since we have taken Game 2 in Miami both times. However, the problem with not having HCA is that we likely have to win two games in Miami since there is a very good chance that they steal one in Indy. That's a very difficult task.
For two straight years, the series has been tied 2-2 after Game 4. Wouldn't it be nice to have Game 5 at Indy for once? Wouldn't it be nice to know that 2 of the final 3 games are at Indy if we have a 2-2 series? And of course, wouldn't it be nice to have that Game 7 at home?
The HCA doesn't guarantee anything and we certainly could win without it. But it would just give us such a nice advantage this go around to have 4 of the 7 games at home.
For being as good as we are, we're pretty humble. Remember when the Heat were dancing on the sidelines during games? There's nothing wrong with a little chest pumping on the court. Even players on losing teams do that when they've made a good play.
I don't mind Lance's antics as long as they are directed at teammates or to rile up the crowd. If he starts showing up an opponent directly then I have a problem with it.
My biggest concern is Paul CONSTANTLY complaining to the refs. It's frankly ridiculous at this point. I'm surprised Larry or Frank hasn't pulled him aside and told him to shut up. I've noticed him not getting back on defense at times because he's too busy demonstrating how his forearm got hit on the last play.
Do what ya gotta do, to do what ya gotta do.
If a little shaking here and there is what gets and keeps Lance involved - let it be.
To the people that think it's over the edge - did you feel the same way when Mark Jackson did his shimmy thing ?? When Reggie took bows and twirled around at midcourt ?? Be honest............
 There are 4 teams in the Eastern conference with a record above .500; so sue us if we want the Heat.  Sorry my team celebrated when we held your team below 80.
I also realize Grangers demeanour on the court never changes, since his injury he has been so even keeled. I think the way he embarrassed himself in the semis with his out of character behavior trying to get lebron ejected, then subsequently getting injured really humbled him somewhat
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