A: I think there is plenty of respect for the Heat, and what they have accomplished. Predicting against the Heat winning a series is not a condemnation, but rather a guess. In every case, predicting against the Big Three-era Heat in a playoff series has been wrong, except for the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks. All of that said, the reality is that the Spurs had a far more challenging gauntlet to withstand in the Western Conference playoffs than what the Heat had to endure in the East portion of the bracket. But that's not to diminish how dominant the Heat have been this postseason.

Q: Are you surprised it took less than 24 hours for it to be made known that Frank Vogel is coming back to the Pacers? -- John.

A: First, it would be the height of lunacy to dismiss a coach after advancing to the conference finals and coming within two victories of the NBA Finals. That said, I think Vogel also learned a lesson about leaning too hard too often on his starters in order to secure a No. 1 seed. The Pacers appeared to be running on fumes at the finish, and that's has to be considered a coaching issue.


July 6, 2014