Larry Bird Calls Indiana Pacers ‘Soft’
The Band of Brothers, bedecked in Band-Aids, have finally punched back.
After days of the Indiana Pacers’ browbeating and posturing, led by tough-but-empty talk from Danny Granger, the Miami Heat delivered what looks like a knockout blow Tuesday night in a 115-83 Game 5 destruction of a team they recently couldn’t seem to solve. And now Indiana, once so full of bravado, has been called out by no less than team president Larry Bird.
“I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird told the Indianapolis Star late Tuesday. “S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.”Miami’s Udonis Haslem flagrantly fouls Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5.
It started to happen early in the second quarter, after the Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough came down hard with an arm across the face of Heat guard Dwyane Wade.