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Granger not pleased with Joakim Noah...

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=6434456

CHICAGO -- Pacers forward Danny Granger said Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah played "cowardly" at times Tuesday, accusing Noah of cheap-shotting his Indiana teammates.

The Bulls' 116-89 victory eliminated the Pacers in five games and capped off a physical series that saw Pacers forward Josh McRoberts ejected after a skirmish with Noah on Tuesday. Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough also tangled with the Bulls' center.

"He pulled a cowardly move," Granger said. "He cheap-shotted a couple of my teammates, and one gets thrown out ...

"The refs never catch what he did ... it's cowardly. And I'm going to say something about it. I wanted to say something about it all the way to the game was over. I just don't think the game should be played that way. You can play hard and fight and battle, but when you start cheap-shotting people it gets out of hand."

Granger said he was going to talk to Noah after the game, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau intervened.

"It's just heat of the battle stuff," Thibodeau said.

Granger praised the rest of the Bulls and said he hopes they win the NBA title.

Noah returned the praise, even after hearing of Granger's frustration.

"I played dirty? OK. I'm just trying to win basketball games, man," Noah said. "It's the name of the game.

"I'm just out there trying to do what I gotta do. Like I said, I give a lot of credit to their team. They play hard as hell. They were competitive. I don't have anything bad to say about them. Everybody saw what happened out there. Now you want to call me a dirty player? I don't think I've ever been a dirty player. It is what it is. It's OK."

The Pacers were credited with dictating the series' physical style in the first three games, but Noah seemed to turn up the intensity in Game 5.

McRoberts appeared to catch an elbow to the neck when he and Noah battled near the lane. He then tried to return a shot, for which he was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. But McRoberts didn't agree with Granger's assertion that the play was dirty.

"I'm not mad about it," McRoberts said. "He got a good hit on me. They caught me trying to hit him back.

"It's part of the game. I'm not going to say it's dirty. That's Game 5 of a playoff series. You can't say it's dirty, it's part of basketball."

Bulls guard Kyle Korver was surprised to hear that a Pacer was crying foul.

"Come on now. All this stuff we've talked about with the Pacers the last few days and how they're [giving] hard fouls," Korver said. "Come on. It's the playoffs, right?

"It's the playoffs. That's what it is. There's going to be hard fouls. There's going to be stuff being said. I think they were mad they were down a little bit, and Jo played with a lot of energy. Jo played great. Jo's one of those guys, when you're not on his team he &$#%#[email protected]! you off. That's just the way it is. He's like Jeff Foster. When he's on your team, you love him. When he's on the other team, you hate him. And that's one of the special things about Jo."

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.....Is it just me or is this the 100th time we've heard of Granger complaining like a little girl...he talks a ton of ish after games but avoids confrontation during games...my perspective of him has changed somewhat...still a good player though


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Well, too bad he has to wait

Well, too bad he has to wait until next season to do something about it.

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Okay enough is enough, I

Okay enough is enough, I agree Noah was throwin some cheap shots, but so was Foster all series. What did you expct the Bulls to just take it. The whole team did a much better job of being physical and it showed great results with this victory. Granger has been notorious for complainng about players being to physical, or doing something to aggravate him to teh point of being physical all year. He needs to keep his mouth shut and take some action when on the court. What a punk.

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it seems like

it seems like Granger has had something to say about a number of players this season. Regardless of who or whats hes talking about, if everytime your interviewed your complaining about another player from the opposite team you start to sound like a bi-tch imo. OhCanada stated that Foster was also throwing cheap shots the whole series. I cant speak for everyone but I didnt here anything about the Chicago players complaining.

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grangers a punk

stop whinin and do something about it during the game instead of being a little girl pants and crying after the game its the playoffs play is gonna be more physichal and if u cant hang danny get the f out girl pants

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I think despite his steady

I think despite his steady improvement over much of his career, Granger has finally tapped out his potential, which is an occasional All-Star. He's too established in this team to be anything but the first option, and his star player attitude might stunt the growth of Paul George, who in my opinion has the potential to surpass Granger. He's already a committed defender, his stroke is sweet and just needs some refinement, plus he's an athletic specimen. He isn't ready to be the 1st option yet, but when the time comes I think the Pacers should trade Granger for the necessary role players to round out their team and provide depth.

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Joakim Noah didn't do

Joakim Noah didn't do somthing worse than what Jeff Foster was doing, Granger has no business to complain!

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granger is just butt-hurt his

granger is just butt-hurt his team is eliminated...thats it

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Granger has a point. The

Granger has a point. The elbow Noah intentionally threw at McRoberts' neck was cheap and weak. You can give hard fouls and play intense, but you don't have to do all of that. He threw an intentional elbow at Hansbrough earlier in the game too. I know the Bulls wanted to give the Pacers a few hard fouls of their own, but I'm not for the intentional elbows. It was a hard fought series though. I'm a Pacers and Bulls fan, so I'm happy for the Bulls.

Foster has played hard his entire career. He didn't do anything out of his character this series. He's been known for giving hard fouls and playing intense defense his whole career. He didn't intentionally try to hurt Rose or Deng.

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Granger doesn't have a "star player" attitude. Jim O'Brien wanted to run the offense through Roy Hibbert earlier this season and Granger had absolutely zero problems with it. Even he acknowledged the team is at it's best when they play inside out. Granger is 100% a team guy and he won't stunt the growth of any young player on the team.

Granger has the skill set and team first mentality to be a first or second guy. He's really a second guy anyway.

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If Granger is going to talk

If Granger is going to talk so much, he needs to back it up on the court. What a coincedence that he didn't say a single word while the series was going on. He talked a bit before and talked a bit after. If he's gunna talk, do it while the series is going on and win some games.

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Granger just needs to go

Granger just needs to go ahead adn join up with Melo and Amare so he can go full on with his rebirth as Chris Bosh 2.0 He already has the being a &$#%#[email protected]! part down. Still a talent, just more of a super 3rd option than a 1st.

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Im glad he didn't talk ish

Im glad he didn't talk ish during the series he has bigger things to worry about, basketball. Talk before get your team pumped up fine. Talk after, your upset you lost plus he had a valid point they were cheap shots like IndianaBasketball said.

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ITS THE PLAY OFFS BABY

Noah is a dirty player, but there are other players just as dirty. I'd say Granger is mos def right. But again, its the play offs. LOL if Orlando does be the Hawks, lets see him cheap shot Howard, it will be funny to watch and see what happens. The Hawks too, lolol.

But again, like Noah said, he was just trying to win games. Doesn't make it right, just makes the ref's flawed.

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@IndianaBasketball; While

@IndianaBasketball;

While he's never publicly complained about his role on the team that I can recall, watching this series I saw him take a number of ill-advised shots which only a first option is at liberty to take. I could be wrong, and certainly you're more aware about him, but I've always got the vibe he has a chip on his shoulder from being underrated much of his career, and feel like he wouldn't relinquish the role of 1st perimeter option at least so easily.

I agree that he's better suited as a second option, a shooter for an aggressive driving player or if Hibbert can keep developing, a low post threat who draws doubles.

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I don't think Noah is a dirty

I don't think Noah is a dirty player. When I think of a dirty player, I think of Reggie Evans or Bruce Bowen. I think Granger would take that back if he could... He was just heated after a tough loss. I think he meant those elbows were dirty plays, not Noah is a dirty player.

If you watch the replay, you'll see there wasn't even a legit reason for Noah to throw the elbow. Anyway... Great win by the Bulls.

@omphalos

He took a few questionable shots during the series, but he is the Pacers' first option. He took some questionable shots, but also made quite a few of them.

He's definitely a team guy though who stands for all of the right things on and off of the court.

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