My heart was broken and searching for solace. I couldn't cheer for the Celtics' nemesis, the Miami Heat......
I browsed the basketball channels longingly, looking for a love to laud. Then it happened; the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat were to face off for the Eastern Finals.
It just happens that a former student of mine is the Strength and Fitness Coach for the Pacers. Shawn Windle was one of my students at Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine, and now he's made the big time!
Windle Named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year
Shawn is the tall man in the middle above. (I have no idea who the other two guys are, but Shawn was a favorite of mine when I was teaching, and I'm so pleased at his success. ) He's been the S & C Coach at Indiana for 7 years and was awarded the above title in 2012.
This gave me a reason to start following the Indiana Pacers journey through the NBA finals. I've been watching the games between the Heat and the Pacers and as of last Saturday, the two teams were tied, each having won 3 games.
Now I have to 'fess up. I seem to be having a bit of a love affair with the Pacers.
Lance Stevenson is tall and lean and fast as lightning! He tends to bring the element of surprise to the game--you never know what he might do!
Roy Hibbert, their 7' 2" Center has definitely captured my heart; a beast under the basket, he fights for the rebounds and easily taps in shots that might have been misses.
Paul George, another huge asset to the team, can score from the paint or from downtown with equal ease.
George Hill added some key 3-pointers and gave the Heat some hassle!
David West, a dribbling, rippling mass of muscle; even playing with an upper respiratory infection last Friday was able to wrap those massive arms around a rash of rebounds, and score when it was needed. I'm drooling, here--that's a lot of man!
And off the bench, D J Augustin contributed to the mahem that flustered Miami. What a cutie!
And also off the bench, Tyler Hansbrough rattled Miami enough to cause the Heat's "Birdman" Anderson to get a flagrant 2 foul and get suspended for a game.
There may have been others that played, but the above are the ones that caught my attention. Every one of these guys played incredible defense, as well as giving their all on offense. Beating the Miami Heat is no small feat; after all, the Heat are led by "the big three" Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.
I don't know if the Pacers can beat the Heat again tonight for the NBA Eastern Division title, but you can bet I'll cheering them on--those guys are after my heart!
(Don't worry, Boston Celtics, this is just a temporary "fling." I'll be back as your biggest fan next season. You can count on it!)