The wrath of Indiana Pacers’ head coach, Frank Vogel, has become something of legend this post season. Vogel, the often-animated coach on the sidelines for the Pacers, has taken shots at the Miami Heat, benched $58 Million man, and Pacers’ starting center, Roy Hibbert, and now he’s taken aim at the New York Knicks.
As you know by now, the Pacers took care of the New York Knicks in 6 games during their second-round matchup in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Indiana imposed their defensive will against a Knicks’ club that just wasn’t built to battle a gritty, determined team like the Pacers. The Pacers thwarted every attempt the Knicks made to play their type of series, and ultimately dismantled the Eastern Conference’s number 2 seed with ease.
The Miami Heat are a different beast, and they proved that by hanging tough during game 1 against the defensive juggernaut that is the Indiana Pacers, and walked away with a hard-fought win in the process. Indiana’s center, Roy Hibbert, who was probably the biggest difference maker versus the Knicks, was even sent to the bench late in the game, and LeBron James exploited the lack of a 7-footer to sink the go-ahead layup in overtime.
Vogel has now given his take on one of the differences between the Heat and the Knicks. This report via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:
“They (The Miami Heat) had a more intelligent attack at the basket than New York did.”
That’s one way to get Mike Woodson’s attention. Generally when the intelligence of a club comes into question, the intelligence of the head coach also goes along with it. The Knicks’ rotations did seems to lack any creativity, and their one offensive mission was to ISO Carmelo Anthony, thus making the Pacers’ defensive goals sort of easy. Stop Carmelo. It did appear easy to put a defender on Melo and stack the paint with the big bodies of David West and Roy Hibbert. Miami on the other hand, uses more screens, and moves the rock a bit more. They have LeBron, Wade and Bosh who can all break down their respective defenders and make things happen for themselves.
Does Vogel have a point?