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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 2:20 pm  |  32 responses

Dwyane Wade Says Playing the Pacers Now ‘Not a Big Deal’

 

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The second matchup of the season between the two best teams in the Eastern Conference takes place Wednesday night in South Beach. There’s plenty of buildup and hype for the clash, but Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade refuses to buy into any of it.

According to Wade, playing against the Indiana Pacers in late December means little.

Per the Palm Beach Post:

“It’s a basketball game with two good teams — there’s a lot of that that goes on in the NBA,” he said after (Tuesday’s) practice. “It’s not a big deal. It’s not our championship, I’ll tell you that.” The “championship” line was a reference to Indiana’s Lance Stephenson overhyping last week’s game.

As for the Pacers’ ongoing talk about creating a rivalry with the Heat and beating them out for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference? “Everyone goes about it their own way,” he said. “We are not the kind of team or the kind of guys who talk about stuff. We just go do it. But they like to talk. If it works for them, it works for them. I don’t lose any sleep over talk. We just go out and play the game. They’re a good team. There’s no secret about it. They’re one of our bigger challenges. Hopefully it comes down to us and them to get to the Finals, and may the best team win.”

The Heat have taken this approach before when it comes to facing the Pacers, never wanting to give their rivals any added motivation when it comes to regular season battles. The real test, both sides know, will come in the Playoffs.

Tonight’s matchup may lack sizzle even without Dwyane Wade downplaying its importance: LeBron James has a sore left ankle, and is considered a game-time decision. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, meanwhile, is questionable as he battles a bout of suspected food poisoning.

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  • JML-G

    #HeatNation

  • Evan Boland

    Heat are scared. Like always.

  • Jerome

    Nice try Wade. That’s some loser talk right there. Again.

  • Andrew

    or they could be losing, (last time i checked they were)

  • dcthemvp

    Maybe it means something for the pacers, but not Miami. What do we got to prove in the regular season? We’re back to back champs saving our legs for June, not February. Boston and Chicago swept the season series with Miami a cpl seasons ago and how did that turn out? Also, wade looked extremely good tonight, as good as I’ve seen him since last march, and Miami just won. So, if you can’t beat Miami with wade on 1 knee, good luck beating Miami with a healthy dwyane wade in June!!!

  • dcthemvp

    Loser talk with 3 rings working on #4 while destroying the pacers in the 4th quarter?

  • dcthemvp

    Syke

  • JL

    I couldn’t tell for sure but didn’t the Miami D have two hands on PGeorge’s waist as he was taking the last shot? How’s that not a foul?

  • Ralph

    What are you Talking about? In some case was LJ but that’s not a fault. This game is basketball not barbies.

  • JL

    Do you mean that in this case it was Lebron and it was not a foul? I don’t know what the basketball versus barbies argument is, unless you’re saying Lebron was handling Paul George like a Barbie.

    If you were trying to shoot and some guy behind you had his hands on you and shifted your body, then you miss like George did.

  • havoc33

    You don’t think this was an important game for the Heat? Dude, against any other opponent Lebron would have been sitting. They definitely brought their A game.

  • pposse

    in this day and age that was def. a foul there is no reason why the refs blew that call..but im sure this looks great on Lebron’s ‘advanced defensive stat chart’ – the same chart some of yall in here will use to further Lebron’s campaign for dpoy down the line.

  • Dagger

    You know as well as I do that you can’t count on the refs to blow the whistle in that situation. Sure, it happens from time to time, but all you can really count on, on the road, is making that shot.

  • pposse

    and i agree with that, but my whole gripe is that bc the foul wasn’t called this will add to Lebron’s resume as someone you don’t test in crunch time. The fair thing to do is throw the whole play out from the stat sheet.

    I saw the tail end of the game and really that was the Pacers best option with no timeouts remaining…PG not getting the call was expected, and PG complaining about it was expected too.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I guess it was a late make up call for that phantom foul on Wade fouling George on that 3 in Game 1 last year. Jk yea in any other situation that was a foul but in the deciding moment I figured it wouldn’t be called.

  • Anthony

    It was an important game. These teams are both good; Miami wants to prove dominance, and Pacers want to “get over the hump”. We’ve all seen this played out before LA & Boston…Chicago & Detroit…don’t act like this is anything new…its just the medias job to make the same storyline interesting with new players.

  • Dagger

    Yeah, but the great thing about basketball statistics is that there are literally hundreds of plays in a single game. Season statistics are amalgamations of thousands and thousands of actions. So one missed foul call – if that’s what it was – will hardly alter Lebron’s defensive statistics.

  • pposse

    i disagree to an extent. If your looking at this seasons stats and the amount of times a team had the opportunity to tie or beat the Heat in the waning moments of the game, i believe the opportunity arose itself just once before and Jeff Green hit a crazy three in Lebrons eye ftw! But now Lebron is 1 out of 2 in regards to getting stops for locking up PG’s three pt attempt

  • Dagger

    Honestly, you’ve got to look at the process, not always the result, when it comes to clutch defense. Any scorer can hit a shot against any defender; it’s just a matter of percentages. Something is going to go in, and great offense will usually overcome great defense. Neither Jordan nor Pippin stopped every shot.

    But Lebron makes it harder for scorers – he knows where to be, he pushes them from their comfort zones and he stays with them – and that’s what makes him a great defender.

  • Guest

    Professionalism is the hallmark of the Heat thats why they’re on pace to #3peating that said I like the way DWade downplayed it before the game & win, for the Heat each game is treated with the same priority as it all carries the same reward the only difference is weather its a regular season or playoffs, as for the Pacers they can say whatever they like about themselves but we will knock them come playoffs.

  • Kofi Kyei

    “Professionalism” is the hallmark of the Heat thats why they’re on pace to #3peating that said I like the way DWade downplayed it before the game & win, for the Heat each game is treated with the same priority as it all carries the same reward the only difference is weather its a regular season or playoffs, as for the Pacers they can say whatever they like about themselves but we will knock them come playoffs.

  • Kofi Kyei

    Professionalism is the hallmark of the Heat thats why they’re on pace to #3peating that said I like the way DWade downplayed it before the game & win, for the Heat each game is treated with the same priority as it all carries the same reward the only difference is weather its a regular season or playoffs, as for the Pacers they can say whatever they like about themselves but we will knock them come playoffs.

  • arrr82

    Damn this whole season sucks. This should be derrick rose’s season. Looks like the heat and the pacers are the only teams from the the east that are competing for tlhe title this year.

  • dcthemvp

    I never said it wasn’t important, but it definately doesn’t mean anything win or lose. It’s the regular season. When the celtics swept the season series with Miami it did them absolutely no good in the playoffs. Yes, the game was important for confidence, but it really didn’t mean anything for Miami either way. We’re so focused on June we could care less about regular season. Like spo said, #1 seed isn’t our main priority. Staying healthy for the playoffs is.

  • dcthemvp

    Exactly. Every regular season game is treated with the same priority. Pacers are nothing special. Miami knows the pacers are good, but we don’t have to prove anything in the regular season. Especially risk injury while doing so. Spoelstra knows the pacers stand little to no chance with a healthy Miami team. Just look at wade now compared to last May. Night and day difference. If wade sits every other game to ensure he’s healthy for May/June I’m all for it because when the playoffs roll around that’s when things get real! Like I said, yesterday’s game may of meant something to the pacers, but no so much to Miami.

  • dcthemvp

    Also, 9/10 lebron plays on his “game time decisions”. I promise you yesterday’s game only meant something to the pacers. Win or lose it’s just a regular season game for Miami. When may/June rolls around its a different story.

  • dcthemvp

    It’s because there was no foul. If we count brushing up against a flopper who shot the ball leaning forward and looking for a foul instead of just getting a shot off, then I guess they missed a call.

  • dcthemvp

    This was as important as big brother beating up little brother. We knew it was gonna happen

  • pposse

    if he didn’t lean forward lebron would have gotten popped in the mouth and called for a foul.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you do realize there is no, and has never been a “last possession of the game” stat for defensive players right?

  • pposse

    once someone comes up with one im sure you’ll use it in your arsenal!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

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