Little happens in sports that LeBron James doesn't see or hear, and certainly perceived slights toward the Heat won't slip by him. Naturally, he noticed in reading clippings that the Pacers, true to their second-round series form, had talked plenty since about how they should have eliminated Miami last year.
"So we'll be ready," James promised after Tuesday's shootaround as the Heat made their first visit to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse since Miami twice blitzed Indiana to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
It has never been his style to talk first, merely to respond.
"My little league coaches wouldn't allow us to do that," James said. "They always told us to let your game do the talking. And I've won a lot."
What his current team hasn't done of late, however, is win regularly on the road.
It wouldn't do so Tuesday either, not when experiencing some of the same nagging troubles. Sure, there were some new wrinkles in this 87-77 defeat, notably the offensive inertia, with the Pacers "grinding us to a near halt," as Erik Spoelstra assessed it, especially in the latter stages of the third quarter after Miami had briefly seized the lead — as well as the odd occurrence of James being outplayed by another small forward, as was the case in comparison to Indiana's emerging Paul George.
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