I grew up in the 1980s.
Saw the Sixers-Celtics rivalry, the Lakers-Celtics rivalry and the Pistons-Bulls rivalry.
Doc choked Bird. McHale took down Rambis. Bad Boys put the Jordan Rules on M.J.
Saw the New York Knicks when they dueled with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in the ’90s.
Zo and Grandmama went at it. John Starks head butted Reggie Miller.
Those were battles. Tough. Physical. Intense. The essence of playoff basketball.
What’s going on between the Heat and Pacers in this year’s Eastern Conference semifinals isn’t at that level. In fact, it’s reach a point of bush league.