Chris Bosh says unbeaten Pacers have caught Heat's eye
NOV 12, 2013 12:06p ET
"Yes, they do get our attention," Chris Bosh said Tuesday after the Heat's morning shootaround. "They're playing confident basketball right now, but I still think we're the champs and we're going to put it together, we're going to be up there in the conversation very soon. We just have to put in the work right now.
"They have that chip on their shoulder, they have that hunger that we don't have because we won last year. So you have to find different motivations and make sure you're constantly challenging yourself when it's on the other side of the fence."
Bosh spoke nearly 8 1/2 hours before Miami was scheduled to play the Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Many of Bosh's teammates -- most notably LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen -- prefer to speak before games instead of at the morning shootaround like the 6-11 forward/center.
The Pacers have run out to an early lead -- 3 1/2 games ahead of Miami -- in the fight for home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Heat had home-court advantage when they defeated Indiana in seven games during last season's conference finals en route to a second straight NBA title.
"Yeah, we take note of everybody," Bosh said when asked about the unbeaten Pacers. "I don't really like to talk about playoffs and home-court right now. I understand why people would want to. I understand the urgency, but it's November, we have to take it one game at a time.
"With that said, we do have to keep that in the back of our mind and be like, 'OK, we need to win this game' because of that and we have to make sure we're thinking about that every now and then. But we should just come out and win games because we want to win games."
Bosh said coach Erik Spoelstra, a "statistics guy," pointed out the 4-3 Heat were 5-2 after seven games last year.
"We had the same, similar numbers last year," Bosh said. "We just have to bite the bullet and get back on the horse and do what we're supposed to do. It's difficult to do. Nobody's in our situation. It's tough to defend your title, we understand that.
"We have to push through that mental part of it and do what we do and play how we're supposed to play."
That would mean improving a defense currently ranked 25th by allowing 105.4 points per every 100 possessions.
"Right now, it's just effort. It's not X's and O's. It's nothing complicated," Bosh said."It's not like guys are just beating our system. We know our system, we know what we're supposed to do. We just have to put more effort into it.
"The last game was embarrassing to watch. We're much better than that. We're just going to have to push ourselves and push each other pretty much to the limit and take it one game at a time and do what we're supped to do. We feel if we play like we're capable of playing, we're the best team in the world."
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