Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel is not backing down. If anything, he feels even stronger about his team's chances after Wednesday night's 103-102 overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"We're very encouraged," he said Thursday before his team practiced at AmericanAirlines Arena. "Our belief in our ability to beat this team has strengthened after Game 1."

Asked why, Vogel said, "We didn't play a great basketball game. We played a good basketball game, but I believe that we'll do much better in keeping them out of the paint, which we didn't do a good job [Wednesday] night. Sixty points in the paint is not winning basketball in the playoffs."

During Wednesday's TNT broadcast, Vogel was shown telling his team they would win in overtime, referring in that video clip to telling his team the previous day that they would win Game 1 of the best-of-seven series that continues Friday at 8:30 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"You give your guys a reason to believe they should win whatever game, this game or this series, and when it doesn't happen, you talk about the reasons why, and you show them that they're controllable and fixable and you maintain your belief," Vogel said.