The Indiana Pacers are currently (47-17) and hold the top record in the eastern conference over the Miami Heat. It seems like there should be a lot to be happy about, but don’t tell that to Larry legend.
“A lot of times, we don’t take the fight to them (the opponent),” Bird said Tuesday, before the Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics 94-83 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “A lot of times we sit back and wait and see how it goes. And that was the case even when we were winning a lot of games early in the season. We’ve got to be mentally prepared to really go after the teams we’re playing again. We can’t have the mindset it’s just another game; it’s a very important game. All of them are.”
“People ask me if I’m mad at them,” Bird said. “I’m not mad. I’m disappointed.”
Larry Bird has a point here. Even in the games that Indiana has won, they haven’t shown the killer instinct to bury their opponents. If the Pacers aren’t careful they will lose the top seed to Miami.