Miami HEAT Ready for Pacers on Sunday
Sunday’s showdown has the Heat’s full attention.
“I won’t share the extent of the conversation we had as a team, but we’re all aware that they absolutely pounded us, beat us up,” Spoelstra said of the first two meetings this season with Indiana. “What else do you want to say? Each game is its own challenge, but this is one that everybody gets what they want Sunday. Fans get a game they think is compelling. Indiana wants to play us and compete against us, and we want to compete against them.”
The defending champion Heat have already secured their spot in the postseason by clinching a playoff spot with Friday’s win. They also have an eight-game lead over the second-place Pacers in the conference standings. Put there’s still a point or two the Heat want to prove – both to themselves and to potential postseason opponents.
Rebounding remains one of the Heat’s few weaknesses, but it is a strength for the Pacers.
“The first game, they smacked us pretty good. The second game, we had a change, but they did more than us to win the game,” Wade said. “Now, it’s our turn. We’re at home. We have to take care of business. Every team that’s beaten us, especially since the (All-Star) break, we’ve tried to redeem ourselves and play a lot better.”