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And yet, the gloom of this reality was overshadowed by several players' perception that they had been unfairly officiated while fighting for their season inside AmericanAirlines Arena. "We've got to figure out a way to get shots that we want," forward David West said. "We've got to do a better job of finishing, adjusting to the new rules and being able to get to the free throw line a little bit more than we did. We just have to play a better game." Indianapolis Star

Stephenson said prior to the game that no teammates or coaches had come to speak to him about his risky comments, but they were speaking loudly about it afterward. "We got to stay away from giving guys bulletin board material," David West said. "But again, they're the defending champs. I don't know if they need motivation." ESPN.com

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The Pacers advanced with Thursday night's 93-80 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, needing 13 of a possible 14 games over the first two rounds to advance. The Heat, by contrast, swept the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0 in the first round and eliminated the Brooklyn Nets 4-1 in the second, ending that series Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. "It's only going to get tougher," Pacers forward David West said, after leading Indiana with 29 points Thursday. "We've been talking about this series all year. We've had a different path than they've had." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Following a zero-point, zero-rebound performance in a 102-96 Game 1 loss to the Washington Wizards, All-Star center Roy Hibbert was pulled aside by teammates David West and Rasual Butler, according to a report by the team's website. Though the team's site described West as "fuming" and "as heated as he's ever been," all parties declined to comment on the conversation that took place. West did however tell reporters that the team plans to "keep encouraging" Hibbert and that Hibbert has to "be a part of the fight." ESPN.com

This was what the Pacers wanted, the style of play they wanted to face in this Eastern Conference semifinal. They were frothing at the mouth at the prospect of facing another muscular heavyweight, a chance to show off why they were second in the NBA in defensive rebounding position. Especially Roy Hibbert, who was rendered invisible by the Hawks' perimeter-loving big man. Well, they got what they asked for. They got it right in the mouth. "They just out-fought us,'' David West said, shaking his head. USA Today Sports

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That means quickly, especially with the Pacers, 92-80 Game 7 victors against the Atlanta Hawks, turning around Monday and facing the Washington Wizards in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. "I won't miss (Atlanta and its style of basketball),'' David West said. "It took us a couple of games to figure them out on the glass, the long ricochet rebounds they were getting. It took us a few more games to figure out how to cover (Kyle) Korver and those high screens he comes off of. Tonight, we put it all together. We defended the pick and roll with (Jeff) Teague, we forced him into some tough finishes. We forced (Paul) Millsap into some tough finishes. ... Ultimately I felt like we were locked in enough to pull this series out.'' USA Today Sports

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