Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel stressed Monday that he meant no disrespect to the Miami Heat in his postgame comments Saturday night and took to South Florida radio to clear the air.

In the wake of the Pacers eliminating the New York Knicks in Saturday's Game 6 of that Eastern Conference semifinal series, Vogel said:

"This is not about getting back at Miami. You're in the final four, you're competing for a championship, you're competing for a championship. And they're just the next team that's in our way. And that's how we're approaching it."

Vogel stressed Monday that he was not minimizing the Heat's accomplishments as defending NBA champions, with the teams to open the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"I'm sitting with my daughters on my lap, and in elation that we just beat the Knicks," Vogel told WQAM of the scene when he made the aforementioned comment late Saturday night. "I wasn't really thinking about saying anything dismissive or anything like that.

"Obviously, we do have a great deal of respect for them. They're the defending champs and they're even better this year than they were last year. So there's no lack of respect there. And I think, just, there was a quote taken out of context."

Earlier, through the team's online wing, he issued a statement that clarified the comment that had received a Sunday rebuke from Heat forward LeBron James, "Sorry sports world, the words 'just another team' never came out of my mouth. Great respect for LBJ and the champs. Looking forward to [a] great series."

He then said at the Pacers' practice in Indianapolis, "This series is not about bulletin-board material or trash-talking. It's two teams playing at an extremely high level competing for a conference championship."

Like Vogel, James by Monday also had moved on.