Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Associated Press
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Easier said than done, naturally.
The Heat, Knicks, Spurs and Thunder are four of the league's top five winningest road teams this season -- which probably isn't great news for Chicago, Indiana, Golden State and Memphis, the lower-seeded clubs who will all be hosting pivotal Game 3s when NBA playoff action resumes on Friday and Saturday.
PACERS: Indiana is trying to revive its season-long secret to success. Play hard, play tough and play rough.
The philosophy has been a lesson in frustration for opponents. Indiana's rough-and-tumble play got Atlanta out of sync and out of sorts, leading to a six-game, first-round exit.
It got to the Knicks in Game 1 of this second-round series, too.
New York managed to rebound in Game 2, reverting to its more traditional style and turning up the pressure on the Pacers.
NUGGETS: General Manager Masai Ujiri was named the NBA's executive of the year, a day after George Karl was named the league's top coach.
Ujiri, the first African-born GM in major American sports, built the Nuggets team that won an NBA franchise-record 57 games and went an NBA-best 38-3 at home before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs.