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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – If Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was any indication, we should be in store for an entire series that could go down as an instant classic.
That would eliminate the need for any off-court hype-including Twitter beefs, random pot shots through the media and any of the other extra-curricular foolishness that can sidetrack some good ol’ fashioned playoff-level drama that happens on the court.
And, yes, I’m talking to you, Pacers center and (Hang Time Podcast fave) Roy Hibbert:
U can knee or kick me every time u drive 2the rim. Ill be there 2protect the rim. That wasn't inadvertent. Battier knew what he was doing—
Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) May 23, 2013
Calling out Heat forward Shane Battier for being a dirty player isn’t a crime. Surely, Battier has been called worse throughout the course of his college (Duke) and professional career. Doing it now, though, with Game 2 of this series just hours away (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT), is just completely unnecessary.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel has enough to deal with, what with the fallout from his decision not to play Hibbert at the end of Game 1 still on the minds of many, when LeBron James won the game with a layup at the rim. Vogel doesn’t need the spotlight to get any hotter than it already is, courtesy of Game 1 and his misinterpreted comments about the Heat before the series began.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, a devoted disciple of the “process,” certainly could do without the off-court histrionics.
I think we all could.
Enough of the hype already fellas. Just play ball!