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Frank Vogel talks about Miami Heat

The Indianapolis Pacers beat the Orlando Magic in a 4-1 series in the 1st round of the playoffs and will move on to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Miami also beat their 1st round opponent, the New York Knicks, in a 4-1 series. Game 1 of the IND vs MIA Eastern Conference Semifinals series will be in Miami on Sunday May 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm ET.

Yesterday May 10, 2012 during the Pacers practice Coach Frank Vogel took the time to talk about the team’s future matchup, Miami, in an interview. Coach Vogel said, “They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA. It’ll be very interesting (to see) how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward.”

According to Hoopdata.com Miami was ranked number 4 in teams that drew the most charges in the regular season. LaBron James and Dwyane Wade are known in the NBA as players that draw the most fouls. In the first round of the playoffs the Heat obtained 151 free-throw attempts, and the Knicks only got 109. Currently in the NBA post-season LeBron James is ranked number 1 in free-throw attempts per game at 11.4. This means right now LaBron gets to go to the line more times in a game than any other player, averaging just over 11 free throw attempts per game in the playoffs.

Frank Vogel talked more about Miami’s plays when he said, “Every drive to the basket, they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers.” Vogel added. “Oftentimes they’re falling down even before contact is even being made. It’ll be interesting to see how the series is officiated.”

On Wednesday May 9, 2012 Miami’s coach, Erik Spoelstra predicted the next series against Indiana to be a physical matchup. Coach Spoelstra said, “This next series, I’m sure, will feel like it’s played in a cage rather than on a basketball court. It’ll be that physical.”

After watching a few games of the Miami vs New York series I agree with Coach Vogel. The team, LeBron most of all, was flopping all over the place. Sometimes players flopped even before any contact was made. There was one flop I remember most of all and it came from LeBron James after a hit from Tyson Chandler. This happened just after James drew a foul by flopping after contact with JR Smith. Chandler came up behind James leaning forward to nudge him and created the contact. Then, in my opinion, it looks like after the contact LeBron then threw his head back for a show and acted out a silly flop that the refs gave him. I agreed that a foul should have been called on Chandler, but I did not agree with the flagrant (unnecessary, violent contact) call that was given. That was just crazy.

This next matchup, IND vs MIA will be very interesting and I am sure we will all get to see more flops from the LeBron James and Miami Heat show.

Resource:

http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/7918758/2012-nba-playoffs-indiana-pacers-coach-frank-vogel-says-miami-heat-biggest-floppers-league

http://www.nba.com/playoffs/2012/index.html

http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/player/_/stat/free-throws/sort/avgFreeThrowsAttempted

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2012/05/pacers-coach-frank-vogel-calls-heat-a-bunch-of-floppers/1

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Amare Stoudemire Hurt His Hand

Amare Stoudemire let his emotions get the best of him after Game 2 in the first series of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Monday night the New York Knicks were extremely frustrated and upset after losing their second game in Miami, 104-94. When the game ended the angry Knicks walked back to the locker room knowing they are now down 0-2 in Round 1 best-of-seven series. Stoudemire feeling really upset on the way to the locker room, punched a glass case surrounding a fire extinguisher. A witness explained to Chris Broussard with ESPN Magazine, “He didn’t haul off and punch a glass; he hit it out of frustration. He kind of slapped it, but with a closed fist. He said he thought it was plastic instead of glass.” The glass broke and cut Stoudemire’s hand.

Stoudemire got a laceration on the palm of his right hand, on the side of his pinky finger. Many who saw it were worried he may have cut a ligament or tendon. Paramedics and team doctors from both teams were called in to tend to Stoudemire’s hand. They stitched, bandaged, and wrapped the injury. They also concluded that there was no damage done to any ligaments or tendons. Amare Stoudemire was seen leaving Miami’s arena Monday night with his hand heavily wrapped with bandages and his arm set in a sling.

In a post-game interview teammate Tyson Chandler said, “He’s probably going to be out. I don’t know how bad it is. .. Your emotions run high. In a split second, a decision can alter things. You can’t fault anybody. We’ve got to deal with the repercussions. “

Later that night Stoudemire tweeted, “I am so mad at myself right now. I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions. Headed home for a new start.” Then moments later he added, “We all have done things out of anger that we regret. That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This to shall pass.”

Yesterday Tuesday May 1, 2012 Stoudemire went to see a hand specialist at the Hospital of Special Surgery. The surgeon repaired a small muscle in his hand, stitched him back up, and sent him on his way. Due to this injury, Stoudemire will sit out Game 3 against Miami on Thursday, and possibly Game 4 on Sunday. No one has said when they expect Stoudemire to return.

It is clear Amare Stoudemire punched the fire extinguisher case out of frustration, but what made him so frustrated? He has not explained his reasoning, but I am guessing it could be one of two things. One, it could be simply because the Knicks lost Game 2 and are down 0-2 in Round 1. Or it could have been a buildup of things, and the loss was the last straw. Stoudemire has had a difficult year with injuries and working hard to get back into shape and return to the court. He also missed some time in February to be with his family after hearing that his brother died in a car accident.

I could not imagine what it would be like to be injured and have to work your body back up to par in just a few months, and on top of it losing a sibling. That is heartbreaking. Then after all that, he finally gets to play again just in time to see the season coming to an end so early in playoffs. Yes the Knicks are not out yet, but it does bring a team down when they are down 0-2. Whether it was simply the loss or a buildup of other things, everyone can relate to losing their cool at least once during a moment of frustration.

I wish Stoudemire a speedy recovery. I am sure the team and fans will miss him while he is out.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7875526/2012-nba-playoffs-amare-stoudemire-new-york-knicks-injures-hand-loss

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7878302/2012-nba-playoffs-no-hurt-ligaments-tendons-new-york-knicks-amare-stoudemire-source-says

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