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LeBron's real rivalries: Cowboys-Redskins, Ohio State-Michigan, Duke-North Carolina, Bears-Packers, Lakers-Celtics, Bulls-Pistons.
LeBron, "Threre's no real rivalries in the NBA these days. You don't see the competition enough."
I asked LeBron if he was upset the NBA was devoid of rivalries: "It’s just the truth. I thought about that. There are no rivalries."
Just transcribed my tape from this morning. Lance Stephenson referred to this as a "championship game" four times in 47 seconds.
LeBron's pregame interview in six words: Rivalries in the NBA are dead.
Beasley and Greg Oden inactive for Heat. Battier and usual starters.
LeBron scoffs at Heat-Pacers as rivalry. Says meeting twice in playoffs isn't enough. Says Lakers-Celtics was a rivalry.
LeBron: "The closest thing I had to a rivalry in my career was against Boston."
LeBron again downplaying rivalry. "There's no real rivalry in the NBA these days." Says he wishes there were.
LeBron: "I've been in this league long enough to know not to make too much of certain regular season games."
Dwyane Wade icing knees before the game. He’s playing. Missed shootaround b/c he wanted extra rest.
I asked Wade if he remembered Heat doing much talking after losing Game 7 of ECF to DET in 2005. He smiled. "Times change... Times change."
Wade says tonight's opponent played no role in decision to play.
Wade says he rested, had a good workout. Putting on his warmup.
Beasley still out. Spoelstra said “he’s close.” Beasley has a strained hamstring.
Spoelstra on Wade: “He feels good right now and we’ll go from there.”
Wade in, Beasley out tonight.
Michael Beasley will not play.
Spoelstra on Wade: "The plan is for him to go."
Frank Vogel: "Every single night, we're playing for the No. 1 seed. Whether it's Utah on the road or Miami at home."
Frank Vogel won't confirm that Danny Granger will return Friday.
Mario Chalmers preparing for the "NBA Finals." http://t.co/SLA3DSipER
Wade punctuates his pregame workout with a dunk, after shooting turnaround jumpers, jumpers and free throws.
Dwyane Wade walking off the court during pregame in a lather. Not his normal routine.
Dwyane Wade on the court and warming up unusually early. Sometimes that means he plays, sometimes it means it's his exertion for the night.
Four Heat starting shooting guards are warming up. One of them is starting. That I'm sure of. http://t.co/U9R8d7jkcT
From shootaround: After cameras left, Bosh REALLY started mocking idea of this being a big game: "I'm going to take the Super Bowl of naps."
There's a notion in Indianapolis that if the Pacers win the head-to-head series against the Heat, George will take the MVP from LeBron.
Spoelstra added that the Pacers are "playing great basketball" and "you have to respect that."
I asked Spoelstra if the Pacers were better this year: "That remains to be seen. It's a long season."
If this game really doesn't mean much to Heat, and Wade's not right yet, then he should sit. Makes a statement in itself.
The Heat is downplaying this game to the point of being ridiculous. Very out of character for this team. Just something to keep in mind.
Bosh: "It's not a championship game. It's like the 20th game of the season. It's tough to play like there's no tomorrow when there is."
Spoelstra was coy this morning about tonight's lineup, which would be interesting, but Spoelstra is coy before the Bobcats, too.
Dwyane Wade didn't participate in the Heat's shootaround this morning, but Erik Spoelstra said everyone was available for tonight's game.
Chris Bosh: "We don't like them much either. But we are at a point now where we have to build."
The Pacers are like the kids screaming at their parents to watch them in playground. The Heat are checking their cellphones.
When did Chris Bosh circle this game on calendar? "Yesterday."
Bosh: "No, it's not a championship game. It's like the 20th game of the season. It's tough to play like there's no tomorrow when there is."
Chris Bosh: "They are chomping at the bit. They want the playoffs to start now... We want to be a different team 3 months from now."
Chris Bosh on the Pacers putting so much emphasis on this game: "They're at the point where they want it now."
Spoelstra said he expects everyone to be ready.
Bosh said Wade did not participate in shootaround said Beasely did.
Chris Bosh says Wade did not participate in shootaround
Spoelstra won't engage Pacers, just keeps talking about process, getting better.
Spoelstra: "We're used to a lot of the rhetoric that comes with our games. We're trying to build on our last two games."
Spoelstra says everyone should be ready to play tonight, but "I will make that decision tonight."
Fun SportVU tidbit in that piece: Chris Paul creates 22.4 assist opportunities per 36 minutes. His backup Darren Collison? 9.8.
BREAKING: 18-3 team believes they are not far worse than 16-5 team.
Respect for Heat? Not so much. Paul George, "We don't feel this team is far is better than us."
Paul George said his summer was dedicated to . . . the Heat, "That was my whole mindset, getting better for them."
Lance (Mr. Choke Sign) Stephenson, "This is definitely the team that we focus on. We're taking this as a championship game."
Frank Vogel and some Pacers players saying they're preparing if Oden plays. Hibbert, though, said he expects to face Bosh, Birdman, Haslem.
Plenty of candor from Pacers, with Hibbert, Stephenson saying this is more than just another game. Paul George less emphatic.
Pacers forward Lance Stephenson says he is treating tonight’s game “like The Finals.”
Frank Vogel: “We’ve stated our goal as the No.1 seed and this team (Heat) is the competition.”
Lance Stephenson: "This is definitely the team that we focus on. We're taking this as a championship game."
It is amazing to me how much the Pacers are targeting top seed, while Heat really don't care about it.
Frank Vogel: "We've stated our goal as trying to earn the No. 1 seed."
PAUL GEORGE: “We were one or two possessions away” from The Finals.
Paul George acknowledges when he was working out in the summer, Miami was on his mind. "That was my whole mindset, getting better for them."
Paul George speaking again about importance of getting first seed.
Roy Hibbert: "I'm pretty amped up about this game. I wouldn't say just another game."
PAUL GEORGE: “We feel like this team (Heat) isn’t far better than us. We match up well.”
Roy Hibbert says he wouldn't be surprised if Greg Oden plays tonight.
Paul George: "We don't feel this team is far is better than us. We feel we match up even."
Roy Hibbert: "I enjoy tough games. I don't really see a rivalry, playing a team twice in playoffs. It will be a while before I say rivalry."
Since that fairytale 3-0 start, the 76ers have the 3rd-worst offense, the 6th-worst defense and a 4-15 record.
Also, Isaiah Thomas is awesome. He's navigating the pick-and-roll at an elite level right now.
DeMarcus Cousins is now averaging 22-and-10 with ~50 percent shooting in just 30 minutes per game. I see you, Boogie.
Ken Mauer, Nick Buchert, Sean Corbin your referees for tonight's Heat-Pacers, 7 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Sun Sports, NBA TV).
The toughest question Dwyane Wade is likely to field tomorrow: Josh McCown or Jay Cutler?
The Kings are on pace to score like 200 points tonight. What happened to Dallas' defense?
It's so perfect that you can see Ditka's breath in the freezing Chicago air.
No tree is complete without a cartoon beverage and some Gators love. Well, at least at my house. http://t.co/yM303EAsVH