The Miami Heat have no doubt owned the Indiana Pacers in the postseason these last two seasons and it’s helped fuel a rivalry that has made Eastern Conference basketball watchable. But while the Heat are no doubt the superior team, Pacers head coach doesn’t see it as a team being better than the other, he sees it more as a sibling rivalry that resets the momentum each time the two teams play.
Wheat Hotchkiss passes along quotes from Vogel in which he notes a big brother/little brother relationship between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
“The little brother spends his whole life getting beat up by the big brother, getting beaten in sporting events, one-on-one basketball and what not,” Vogel said. “And all them years of getting beat up builds them up to the point where they ultimately take on the big brother. That’s what we’re hoping to do.”
He’s not wrong in that the rivalry does seem to be the sort of thing that the Pacers are learning as they go along, but that’s not been helping them win games. The fact of the matter is, the Heat are dominating in the fourth quarter and that’s been killing Indiana.
If the Pacers can find a way to be competitive in the fourth, then this rivalry will truly be balanced, but the way it is right now is less of a big brother/little brother situation and more or less a situation where one team is simply better than the other and not much has changed that over the last two years.