Before you read this post, please take a second to watch a clip of the Pacers "celebration" after they beat the Heat in Game 2 of their best-of-7 series last night:
Did you see what happened after LeBron James Mario Chalmers missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game? Infuriating if you're a Heat fan, right? Er, not exactly. A few players slapped hands. David West implored his teammates to leave the floor as quickly as possible. And, it almost looked as if every single player on the Pacers was holding in whatever excitement they were feeling at the time. As West explained in a post-game interview, they wanted to show that they weren't just happy to win a game against the Heat and that they believe they can win the series.
And yet, somehow, Dwyane Wade managed to take offense to it. That's right. Despite the fact that the Pacers purposely chose not celebrate their Game 2 win, he thought their reaction to Chalmers' miss was over the top and excessive.
"I heard they wanted to be like the Dallas Mavericks, in a sense," Wade said. "I saw their little celebration at the end of [Game 2]. I don't know if they didn't expect to win, but every night we go out on the court, we expect to win…They say their identity, they say they want to be like Dallas. So they celebrated like Dallas, I guess."
Uhhh…they did? The Pacers just can't win, can't they? They're damned if they don't celebrate and damned if they do.
[via Pro Basketball Talk]