The Pacers-Heat starts in Miami on Wednesday and there already is plenty of chatter going on with LeBron James reacting to Pacers coach Frank Vogel saying the Heat are another team in our way. Vogel actually said “next team in our way.”

LeBron James says he knows Pacers will try to put him on the floor. James said the word is you have to beat up the Heat to beat them and he’ll be ready. James said the Chicago Bulls used the same method.

Former Pacers player Antonio Davis discusses Pacers coach Frank Vogel’s comments on ESPN, saying the media gave LeBron James motivation. Davis said he would turn the words around to gain motivation. He’d make sure it was bulletin board material.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Heat writer Ira Winderman said it’s a different look in the Heat-Pacers playoff matchup from last year because of new players or players in different roles.

Miami Herald writer said Pacers coach Frank Vogel shows an ability to be a future fight promoter with his comments about the Heat. Last year, Vogel began the series talking about Heat’s propensity to flop. This year he incensed LeBron James by saying the Heat are just the next team up in the Pacers’ quest to win an NBA title.

Heat have the ability to win even without an effective Dwayne Wade, writer maintains. Of course it helps to have LeBron on your side and another superstar in Chris Bosh along with other key role players.