I've been thinking about how much this weekend's Pacers/Heat game will influence the attitudes of broadcasters, analysts in the NBA media. Think about how different talk radio will be the next day given who the winner is:
IF THE PACERS WIN: Many in the media have been saying the Pacers might be only team in the East to challenge Miami. They'll REALLY be saying that if we win at Miami and run our record to 3-0 against them. I can hear Colin Cowherd now: "If you never believed me that the Pacers are legit, you better believe it now"
IF THE HEAT WIN: It will probably be their 18th straight win and the coronation will reach its zenith. The Pacers, for a little while at least, will be forgotten.
There's no way I'll be rooting against the Pacers once the ball is tipped, but in my head I wonder if a loss might be a good thing. I say this because the Heat are probably tired of hearing about the Pacers being their only challenger. They'll want to make a statement and put us in our place.
I say... let them! Let them get that out of their system now, in the regular season, so they can return to their overconfident selves, like in 2011. Many thought the Heat lost to Dallas because they were overconfident, and that they beat OKC because they were humbled and more focused. Losing by 20 to them on Sunday might not be a horrible thing. Let them feel like the Eastern Conference Playoffs is just an annoying formality.