Pacers try to toughen up, get healthy for Game 6

After their play was described as "soft" by team president Larry Bird in an interview following Game 5, the Pacers hope to sharpen their play and get the injured Danny Granger and David West back into the lineup.

MIAMI - With his weakened ankle holding him up for questions, Danny Granger took the hard road when answering a not-so-soft question.

"I agree with his assesment," said Danny Granger when speaking about comments made by Pacers president Larry Bird to the Indianapolis Star following the team's 115-83 loss on Tuesday night.

Speaking with reporter Mike Wells, Bird said that his team played "soft" in their worst defeat of the playoffs to date. 

Granger, who only played half the game due to a sprained ankle, wasn't about to take offense.

"We got smacked arounds, we got beat up, we got bullied," said Granger of Game 5. "We did not respond well."

Especially when the Heat made an enormous second half run that took a competitive and turned it into an epic rout. The Pacers were outscored 66-43 in the final 24 minutes and were physically dominated both inside and out as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade put on a clinic by scoring a combined points.

"I'm dissapointed as well," said head coach Frank Vogel. "I didn't see the resiliancy that we showed all year and we're looking forward to bouncing back."

Doing so will require the team to get healthy within 48 hours. David West (knee) and Danny Granger (ankle) both missed significant time in Game 5 and their presence was missed when the Heat were pulling away.

West said he is certain he will play on Thursday and that his being left out in Game 5 was more of a doctor's precaution. Granger's situation is a little more serious, requiring rigourous treatment over the next two days.

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