Pacers say they’re not underdogs vs. Heat



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers don’t buy the David-vs.-Goliath label some experts have put on their second-round matchup with the Miami Heat.

The Pacers know they are expected to lose the series, which begins Sunday in Miami. The Heat went to the finals last year and the Pacers just won their first series since 2005.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel calls it an even matchup between heavyweights. He noted that Indiana has a better record than Miami since the All-Star break, and the Pacers have won their last seven road games, including two in their first-round series against Orlando.

Vogel also called the Heat the “biggest flopping team in the NBA,” and he’s worried that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could get star treatment from the officials.