Chris Bosh didn’t wait long to get pumped over facing the Indiana Pacers in a playoff rematch from last year.

“As soon as Indiana won,” the Miami Heat big man said Monday. “Last time, it was more difficult because (our first) series got pushed out so long (to five games), we didn’t know who we were going to play.

“This time, Indiana took care of business (against New York) when they were supposed to, and we knew who we were playing right away. As soon as we saw Indiana playing us, we said, ‘All right, the enemy has a face.’ ”

The Heat and Pacers will begin this year’s Eastern Conference finals at American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night.

Miami rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Indiana in six games during last year’s conference semifinals. Bosh missed most of that series after suffering an abdominal strain in Game 1.

Bosh’s presence this time should be a key factor in Miami’s offense. His ability to step out and be a perimeter threat could force Indiana's 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert to leave the paint and open space for Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.

“It’s going to be a big series for Chris,” Wade said. “Especially to knock down those shots and then from there to get aggressive and keep the defense guessing.”

Even at 6-foot-11, Bosh understands how pivotal his outside game can be.