The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Pro Sports

April 11, 2014

Leonard still believes in the Pacers

(Continued)

"I think we need to win in Miami to a degree because we have to feel like we can beat them there," said Leonard.

Even though he acknowledges that Indiana and Miami will both have to worry about getting to an Eastern Conference championship series, he has obviously given some serious thought to how such a series might play out.

"Miami has really been resting Dwayne Wade a lot," he said. "Miami can't win an NBA championship without Wade. They need LeBron (James), (Chris) Bosh and Wade all three to win it."

While that focused on three of the Miami starters, some of Leonard's observations about the Pacers aren't so much about the starting five.

"C.J. Watson is a factor," he said of the Pacers' backup guard. "There's no question the Pacers missed him. Without him, we're using the third-string point guard. I was glad to see him come back and play (Wednesday). Now he will be able to get a few games under his belt."

Beyond tonight, the Pacers have two more games left. The first will be Sunday at home against Oklahoma City and the season finale Wednesday at Orlando.

Also, beyond the upcoming NBA playoffs, Leonard will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this fall. But that honor wasn't really one that he worried about very much.

"I didn't really give it very much thought," said Leonard. "I'm in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. I'm a Hoosier so that's enough for me. But it is nice for my family. It is a legacy for the grandkids."

 

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