Posted May 23, 2012

Report: Larry Bird calls the Indiana Pacers “soft”

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Larry Bird, Pacers president

Larry Bird thought his Pacers were “soft” against the Heat on Tuesday. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

After the Miami Heat’s 115-83 drubbing of the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, Pacers team president Larry Bird was upset with the way his team played, reports Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.

“I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird told Wells over the phone. “S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.”

Tuesday’s game was marred by three flagrant fouls, two on Miami players.

Miami’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had another strong game, scoring 58 combined points despite sitting out parts of the fourth quarter. Pacers center Roy Hibbert told reporters afterwards that the Miami duo looked like they were in an “And-1 mix tape out there. They were just dunking, having fun and doing whatever the hell they wanted.”

The Heat will look to close the series Thursday in Game 6 in Miami.