Heat, Pacers Are Ready To Rumble

The champion does not consider the challenger every day, sometimes feigning ignorance about his existence. But over the months, when he trains and studies, the movements and plans of the champion are inevitably aimed at those trying to take his title. The growing tension of the buildup to a championship boxing match often is as exciting as the fight itself, one of the reasons various networks have struck gold with the behind-the-scenes documentaries of boxers’ prefight regimens and trash-talking. This zone is such a competition aphrodisiac that manufacturing a faux one is a central tenet of the WWE’s business model. sc Of course, when it happens naturally it is so much more intriguing, and the stakes more authentic. It doesn’t always happen this way in the NBA, and that’s too bad, because it’s terrific for all parties, from the business partners to the players to the fans. The recipe for the heavyweight bout has unfolded perfectly this season, with the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat coiling in their corners for months now like fighters itching for a shot at each other. It’s even set up a perfect meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis, where the winner will have the edge in claiming home-court advantage for the ultimate fight they’ve been eyeing since last summer: a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals.
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