Danny Granger has been playing the role of “tough guy” for the Indiana Pacers throughout their entire series versus the Miami Heat. Knocking LeBron to the floor and acting as an enforcer of sorts. This seems to be exactly what the Pacers needed. But LeBron says “it’s stupid”
After LeBron’s huge 40 point, 18 rebound performance in game 4, you’ve got to ask yourself if all of the pushing and getting in player’s faces was really worth it after a loss?
I understand that Danny wants to mix it up and play the Heat’s superstars hard, but there has to be a line drawn between hard play and a full-blown loss of self control.
Granger has gotten himself a technical foul in each of the last three games and people are starting to question his “tough guy” persona.
“Whatever he’s trying, it is not working,” James said. “He’s said he’s not scared of LeBron, ‘I want to let (James) know.’ I guess he’s doing it for his own psyche. It’s stupid.”
Dwyane Wade has even gotten in on the action.
“I’m all for standing up for your guys but certain things you just can’t keep doing,” Wade said. “My message to Granger was that you just can’t keep running up into people’s faces for altercations. We’re not fighting on this basketball court so let’s not act like we’re going to fight. We can be physical and do all that but certain things got to stop. Are you out here to play basketball or are you out here to be a tough guy?”
Granger claims to just be sticking up for his guys. Perhaps he’s let the heat of the moment carry him too far?
“Maybe it was an overreaction, maybe it wasn’t,” Granger said. “But in the heat of the moment, I’ll run to the defense of my teammates.”
I know one thing for certain. This series will get uglier before it’s all said and done.