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Miami Heat Look to Avenge Earlier Losses to Indiana Pacers on Sunday

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are still riding an NBA best 17-game winning streak and something has been happening along the way. The team has been avenging previous bad losses to other playoff caliber teams.

They have done it against the Chicago Bulls.

They have done it against the Memphis Grizzlies.

They have done it against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Most recently they have done it against the New York Knicks.

On Sunday at American Airlines Arena the Heat will attempt to continue this trend against the Indiana Pacers, who they have yet to beat this season in what could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The last team to beat Miami before the streak started was Indiana and they did it handily. However, Miami looks almost like a completely different team from the one that lost at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 1. The Heat’s ‘Big Three’ of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have played well as a group with James having another MVP-caliber season. Wade looks to be completely back from offseason knee surgery and is playing like he was three years ago. Bosh, while being inconsistent at times, has also quietly stepped up his play. Another aspect that is different is that both Shane Battier and Ray Allen have been shooting well from the three-piont line. The fact that Chris Andersen looks to be in much better shape than when the last time the two teams played enhances the Heat’s front line bench.

The Pacers also have a different dynamic to bring tomorrow. Adding to their physical front line of Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert that gave Miami problems the two times the teams played is the return of Danny Granger.  Having Granger back, even in limited minutes, gives Indiana another scoring threat to go alongside George and more recently West. With the Pacers being the league’s best rebounders and allowing the second fewest points to opponents, Granger’s offense would be a decent asset to have.

Miami has changed since February 1 and on Sunday they hope to show it to Indiana in front of the home crowd.