That’s what Game 5 is all about. By this time in a fiery series, the two teams should be getting annoyed with one another. But there is respect, too.
“This team is unbelievable,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said of the Heat. “It’s just as complete an opponent as we’ll ever face.”
Yet, the Pacers are certain they have the formula to pull it off.
“Trust in our identity, win the war in the trenches, defensive rebounding,” Vogel said. “That’s how we’ve had success all year.”
As the Indiana team left its locker room for Florida Tuesday night, this was message on the board.
Who cracks first? We’ll know soon.