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The Pacers took the day off on Sunday but still managed to make some news thanks to LeBron James.
The Indiana Pacers took Sunday off after closing out the New York Knicks on Saturday night. On Monday, they'll return to the Fieldhouse to begin preparing in earnest for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.
Thanks to LeBron James taking the bait from his local reporters regarding Frank Vogel daring to say his team was playing for a championship, Vogel will now have to endure a round of silly questions about a comment he really didn't make. Also no doubt he'll respond with a smile.
The ECF schedule is set with a nice every-other-day rhythm to the series regardless of travel time between Indy and Miami.
Here's a look at the schedule.
Wed. May 22 @ Miami - 8:30 p.m. TNT
Fri. May 24 @ Miami - 8:30 p.m. TNT
Sun. May 26 @ Indiana - 8:30 p.m. TNT
Tue. May 28 @ Indiana - 8:30 p.m. TNT
Thu. May 30 @ Miami - 8:30 p.m. TNT (if necessary)
Sat. June 1 @ Indiana - 8:30 p.m. TNT (if necessary)
Mon. June 3 @ Miami - 8:30 p.m. TNT (if necessary)
Before getting to the links, check out this tweet which I'm sure everyone has seen. If ever a playoff series was captured in one photo, this is it from Matt Kryger of the Indy Star.
Check out the links:
Can the Pacers actually beat Heat? - 1070 The Fan
Pacers playoffs: LeBron James takes exception with comments from Frank Vogel | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
2013 NBA playoffs -- LeBron James responds to Frank Vogel's comment on Miami Heat as 'just the next team' - ESPN
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Indiana Pacers greater challenge in this season's NBA playoffs. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Frank Vogel's comment doesn't sit well with LeBron James - Hot Hot Hoops
Verbal Shots Fired In Heat-Pacers Series " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog
Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers begin verbal sparring in advance of NBA Eastern conference finals. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Comments from Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel get LeBron James’ attention - Miami Heat - MiamiHerald.com
Three-Pointers: Lance Stephenson runs wild as Pacers eliminate Knicks | The Point Forward - SI.com
Stephenson's Best Lifts Pacers Past Knicks - ESPN
The Lance Stephenson Game | 8 Points, 9 Seconds
Built to win now, Knicks didn't get close - AP
Melo can’t win four series all by himself - NYPOST.com
For Knicks, Already Out of Playoffs, Magic May Run Out - NYTimes.com
Another Failed Year, and Knicks Fans Are Still Stuck With James Dolan - NYTimes.com
2013 NBA playoffs: San Antonio Spurs defang Zach Randolph in Game 1 - ESPN