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You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in the NBA Playoffs 2003? NBA.com has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. We're giving you an exclusive look at the postseason with a roster of player mailboxes.

Brad Miller made his first All-Star team this season, averaging 13.1 points per game.

Brad answered your second round of questions on Thursday, May 1:

Q: Hi, Brad, I have so much confidence in you guys. Who do you think is better in defending Paul Pierce, Ron Artest or Ron Mercer? Best wishes! Go Pacers!
-- Nat (Boston)

Miller: Artest, because he can be a lot more physical with him and that's what he does -- play defense.


Q: What are you guys going to do diferently in the next game to show the Celtics who the real Indiana Pacers are? Good Luck.
-- Mike (Chagrin Falls, Ohio)

Miller: It's about making adjustments. We've got a few things on the offensive end with some plays we've looked at I think we can make work better. Defensively, we keep making adjustments to keep them guessing.


Q: In Game 4, defensively, what worked in the first half against Paul Pierce that broke down early in the third quarter? Do you think he really just hit a zone or do you guys feel you lost your intensity? Good luck in the next three.
-- Phelps (Sydney, Australia)

Miller: He's a player who has looked to be more passive and get his teammates involved early. When it comes to the third and fourth quarter, he's going out there and trying to be the man. He did hit a lot of tough shots that most people couldn't make.


Q: What made you guys wear black shoes and shave your heads?
-- Mo (Indianapolis)

Miller: A couple of us said we were going to shave our heads, then everybody said they would and of course a couple of the pretty boys were worried about their hairlines or their hair not growing back. Reggie always uses black shoes and black socks as a reward. If you want to wear them, you've got to get to the playoffs.


Q: Seeing that you were at Purdue University, were you always hoping to get drafted/traded to Indiana?

Miller: I never really thought it would be happen to come back to Indiana, so it was very surprising. It's been fun and nice.


Q: Hey Brad! If you could choose one MVP for your team, who would it be and why?
-- Kali (Irvine, Calif.)

Miller: Probably Jermaine just because he does so much for us. Offensively, we rely on him for the offense to go through him and defensively, he helps a lot on the weak side by blocking shots.


Q: Brad, what is the key to strong free throw shooting? The Pacers have a great team percentage from the line, and I was wondering what the secret is.
-- Patrick (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Miller: Just shooting them a lot, I guess. My high school coach used to make us come in before school and shoot 100 free throws every day.


Q: Brad I think you and Jermaine are the best big-man duo in the NBA but how long do you think each of you will be in Indiana?
-- Chris (Muncie, Ind.)

Miller: We haven't even talked about it or worried about it yet. There's still a season going on so we'll worry about it whenever the playoffs are done.


Brad answered your first round of questions on Wednesday, April 23:

Q: Other than Ron Artest, what other players are you guys going to use to contain Paul Pierce?
-- Sam (Wilmington, Del.)

Miller: Other than Ron, we're going to use anybody we can to slow him down - Al Harrington a lot of times, Reggie Miller and you might even see Erick Strickland at times. We'll use anybody to slow him down.


Q: Hey Brad, they call you Brad Miller the Celtic Killer. Why do you think you are so effective against the green?
-- Mookie (Lowell, Mass.)

Miller: I don't know, I just always seemed to play well against them. I had three good games against them as a rookie and I didn't even play all that much that year - 32, 20 and I think 15. I guess that's probably why.


Q: Is your foot still bothering you? I read you sat out the last two games of the season so it would be pain free for the playoffs. Also, what happened to your website? I used to really enjoy it.
-- Jennifer (Jeffersonville, Ind.)

Miller: The foot's a lot better now. It's playoff time so there's no more excuses. As for the Website, I don't know.


Q: What made you guys wear black shoes and shave your heads?
-- Mo (Indianapolis)

Miller: A couple of us said we were going to shave our heads, then everybody said they would and of course a couple of the pretty boys were worried about their hairlines or their hair not growing back. Reggie always uses black shoes and black socks as a reward. If you want to wear them, you've got to get to the playoffs.


Q: My question is that after watching the first game in the Boston series, it seemed as if every time Paul Pierce drove to the basket he drew a foul. What can the the defense do to stop his penetration, and/or limit the number of fouls that he draws?
-- Kent (Louisville, Ky.)

Miller: Pray, mostly. The guy's going full-speed at you, jumping and going to the free throw line, you've just got to keep your hands up and pray they're not going to call it every time.


Q: I think the big plays ought to be called for Reggie. He's a proven killer in the clutch and I think Indiana will still only go as far as he takes them. What do you think? Who's the guy to go to?
-- K.B. (St. John's, Antigua)

Miller: We've got Reggie, but Jermaine right now is the man that's keeping us stabilized. He had a 20-20 game last night and there's not many people who can do that ever - and he just did it in the playoffs where it's a lot tougher. With the combination of those two, everybody else has just got to play their game.


Q: Do you think Ron Artest is a hothead, or is he really a nice person?
-- Joe (Brookhaven, Pa.)

Miller: He's a great person. Basketball is his release. It's a stress relief for a lot of people. His chance to do that is when he's on the court and no one really gets a chance to know him off the court.


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