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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Frank Vogel
The stat sheet from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals told quite a story. It said Miami never trailed, that Indiana's All-Star center failed to contribute a single point, that the night's two leading scorers were wearing Heat uniforms and that the Pacers committed twice as many turnovers as they forced.
Inside a downtrodden Indiana Pacers locker room, Lance Stephenson had an interesting choice of words.
The Pacers' season of great expectation is now in great trouble, with the Miami Heat leading the Eastern Conference finals 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Indianapolis on Wednesday night. The Heat have won three straight in the series, and are now one win from ending the Pacers' season for a third consecutive year.
Frank Vogel stood with his back against a wall, seeming perfectly comfortable.
LeBron James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 25 points and the Miami Heat moved one win away from a return trip to the NBA Finals with a 102-90 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Despite their rebounding woes, the Pacers don't plan to crash the glass with more bodies. Defending John Wall in the open court remains top priority.
When Frank Vogel wanted to give Paul George a rest, George said no.
Paul George single handedly willed the Pacers to a 95-92 win in game four against the Wizards.
The horn sounded and a substitution was imminent. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George paid no attention. With his team down 19 points in the second half of Sunday's 95-92 victory over the Wizards at Verizon Center, George would stay on the court for 46 minutes, 23 seconds. His team, desperately trying to fight its way back into the game, needed George on the floor.
Suddenly, Indiana has regained its swagger.
Ever since John Wall lit up the Pacers for 37 points two seasons ago, coach Frank Vogel has adjusted his defense and has kept him in check. Watch Wizards Central at 7 p.m. on CSN.
It all starts with defense, the single most important reason the Pacers own a 2-1 lead over the Washington Wizards heading into Sunday night's Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
For the final 1½ months of the regular season, and the first eight games of the playoffs, the Indiana Pacers' suddenly sloppy play raised all sorts of questions.
Indiana Pacers' center Roy Hibbert bounced back from an abominable first game Wednesday, scoring a season-high 28 points as the Pacers defeated the Wizards 86-82.
The traditionally-built Pacers seemed to welcome the respite offered in the second round by another team that was equally balanced. The matchups were one thing; anticipating the effort and intensity Washington brought was another.
"He looks worn down," Vogel said. "He's a 7-foot-2 player who has played every game this year, which is very rare. He looks to me to be worn down. He's given good effort but he looks to me to be worn down. Combine that with the fact that they have a 3-point shooting 5-man most of the game. It's a difficult matchup."
"I don't think it's acceptable," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said, "for any of us."