West says the Pacers aren’t counting on a Heat rematch
The NBA’s Eastern Conference has had a fairly pathetic 2013-14 season so far, with only three teams over .500 through January 2.
Among that trio, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat stand out as obvious frontrunners, two teams that would presumably have to suffer serious setbacks not to meet again in the conference finals this spring.
It seems like a foregone conclusion, despite the fact that we’re still more than a month from the All-Star Break.
However, professional athletes don’t have the luxury of looking that far ahead.
For the Pacers and Heat, the season will continue to be a series of minor challenges, with unforeseen pitfalls and injuries potentially popping up along the way.
As David West explained to Zach Lowe of Grantland, they’re not focusing too much on the Heat when so much could happen over the next few months:
Is it hard not to look ahead to the conference finals against Miami?
“I don’t think it’s hard. We gotta be mature about it. We know there’s a long road to get there. A lot of things have to happen for us, in terms of being able to get home court – obviously, just continuing to stay healthy, continuing to rack up wins.”
Health is just such a huge variable every season.