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07:14 AM ET 11.11 | At this point, Indiana certainly has a head start on the Heat, who this season have already lost to the Magic and, over the weekend, Boston. But the Heat, the team that put them out of the playoffs the past two seasons, are never far from the Pacers' minds. And, even in November, neither are the standings. "We believe in this locker room that we can get the No. 1 seed and we started the year with that attitude," said Pacers forward David West after registering 18 points and eight rebounds [on Saturday]. "The fact that Game 7 of the conference finals wasn't in our home building we felt was the difference in a trip to the Finals, and we're going to do everything in our power to get a Game 7 in our building. And we have to start from the beginning of the season."

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November 11, 2013  08:41 AM ET

HC doesn't matter for the Heat. They'll find a way to take that HC away. Could be more pressure on. Indy if that happens. OKC had HC in the finals and they lost it.

November 11, 2013  08:50 AM ET

The Boston lost that was all D-Wade's doing, bouncing that free throw shot off the back board on purpose...

Skkttt!


<Runs away as he hears a blade opening>

November 11, 2013  09:09 AM ET

It's not how you start it's how you finish.
And if memory serves me correctly every year the heat won a title it's not like they ever started off 10-0 or 20-0.
Few bumps to iron out, adjustments made to a few new players and wala.
So am not really worried.
Now if Indiana has a homecourt advantage over the heat that could pose a serious threat to their crown.
Other than that the heat are good.

November 11, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

HC doesn't matter for the Heat. They'll find a way to take that HC away. Could be more pressure on. Indy if that happens. OKC had HC in the finals and they lost it.

OKC are overrated though.
The pacers are the only team I really take seriously.
And homecourt for Indiana could pose a threat to the heat's crown.

November 11, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Failure Is Not An Option, Bros.

November 11, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So am not really worried.

Way too early...

November 11, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Way too early...

yup.
Ellis is really working out for you guys...

November 11, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They have a young enough team that they should be able to stay fresh and go for home court. I would be shocked if Miami gets Tue one, I think they realize that in the big picture, they need to be healthy come playoffs rather than push for the #1 seed.

Indiana can be hot all they want... those zebras will rob the game for Heat anyways. All of Miami's wins have come about due to very very lopsided officiating in their favor. The NBA is rigged.

November 11, 2013  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

yup.
Ellis is really working out for you guys...

Happy so far. He and Dirk have meshed very well. PG improvements haven't hurt either.

Our interior defense is still "shaky" but I don't think anyone expected the second coming of Bird, McHale and Parish. Getting Brandan Wright back will help but I'm not fooled into believing we will be much more than an average defensive team.

All in all, though... beats the hell out of what I had to watch last season.

November 11, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Indiana can be hot all they want... those zebras will rob the game for Heat anyways. All of Miami's wins have come about due to very very lopsided officiating in their favor. The NBA is rigged.

that 31 point blowout however that the spurs whooped those knicks **** wasn't rigged.
You are just a troller that whines cause his team sucks and every top team is better than yours.
Develop something new, cause that b|tching and complaining is getting old.

November 11, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Happy so far. He and Dirk have meshed very well. PG improvements haven't hurt either. Our interior defense is still "shaky" but I don't think anyone expected the second coming of Bird, McHale and Parish. Getting Brandan Wright back will help but I'm not fooled into believing we will be much more than an average defensive team. All in all, though... beats the hell out of what I had to watch last season.

yup.

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November 11, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Indy surely added more toughness with Scola and CJ. Proven veterans.
Plus if Granger comes out any good, they should trade him for a pick and a role player.

November 11, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

that 31 point blowout however that the spurs whooped those knicks **** wasn't rigged.You are just a troller that whines cause his team sucks and every top team is better than yours.Develop something new, cause that b|tching and complaining is getting old.

I know Knicks and Lakers are lottery teams... I have no illusions about that.

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November 11, 2013  03:16 PM ET
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Indy's achilles heel is they aren't really a good 3 pt shooting teamotherwise- they are pretty stout.

There's no such team as perfect team. Every team has a weakness so there you have it. Nonetheless they are real strong inside and their wings and defense is stellar so I'd take that lack of deadly three point shooters anytime.

They can out-rebound and out-muscle any team. If they play Knicks it will be no contest. You have to respect what ownership and management have done in that city...

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