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.