So it's not just that the Heat is better than the Knicks. According to Pacers coach Frank Vogel, the squad from South Beach is also more intelligent. Following a game in which the Pacers surrendered 60 points in the paint against Miami — failing, in the process, to duplicate the rim-protecting efficiency from the prior series against the Knicks — Vogel said it was a contrast of smartness. “They had a more intelligent attack at the basket than New York did.” That won’t sit well with Mike Woodson. Vogel was specifically talking about the way Miami was adept at dumping off the ball in the paint, and how that helped Chris Anderson score 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting. Against New York, Pacers center Roy Hibbert was a one-man basket plug while blocking 19 shots in six games, limiting Tyson Chandler to a depressing series. Against Miami, Hibbert was deemed a mismatch by Vogel and removed from the game for the final possession because he couldn’t guard Chris Bosh. But as Vogel was contrasting schematic intelligence ahead of Friday’s Game 2 in Miami, he was also being grilled for a substitution widely second-guessed and considered, well, unintelligent. When Vogel benched Hibbert, he removed his top shot blocker just before LeBron James drove to the hoop for an uncontested, game-winning layup in Miami’s 103-102 overtime victory. The aftermath dominated the media sessions before Thursday’s practice, with Vogel on the defensive. The coach essentially placed the onus on his small forward, Paul George, who allowed James to drive through the lane without an alteration to his course. “If there was a mistake made, I should take ownership. I don’t know if there was a mistake,” Vogel said. “I feel like the plan when you have five 3-point shooters in the game is to go with a smaller, quicker containing lineup, especially with two seconds on the clock. If you just force a second move on LeBron, the clock runs out. The plan was sound. The execution of it wasn’t.” Vogel was supported by Pacers president Donnie Walsh, who told the Daily News he had “no argument with who Coach had on the floor at all.
Heat play ‘more intelligent’ basketball than Knicks, says Pacers coach Vogel
New York Daily News | May 24