LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were not carrying "Help Wanted" signs around the Miami Heat practice floor Wednesday. The mood was not grim, voices were not hushed, and scowls were not prominent.
The way the Heat see it, their series with Indiana simply begins anew Thursday night. And the Pacers sound as if they agree.
Indiana will host Miami in Game 3 after its 78-75 win Tuesday. It was perhaps the most offensively baffling night in Heat history - when, for the first time in the franchise's 24 years of existence, only two players scored more than five points in a game.
Just about everyone wearing Heat colors struggled, James and Wade both misfired on key chances in the final moments.
Larry Bird, Indiana's president of basketball operations, was named the NBA's executive of the year. He is the first person in league history to be named MVP, coach of the year, and executive of the year.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has a message for the Los Angeles Clippers after being held to just seven points in their playoff series opener: Keep it up.
Parker sounded content with his lowest-scoring postseason game in eight years since the Spurs still took Game 1 from the Clippers and extended their winning streak to 15.
Parker finished 1-for-9 shooting but had 11 assists by finding open shooters when the Clippers swarmed him. Yet it made for an underwhelming all-star showdown with Chris Paul, who scored just six points.