Riley cautions still plenty of time until playoffs

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm •  Published: March 2, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat president Pat Riley has a message for all the Miami Heat fans that are already looking ahead to the playoffs and a chance for a third straight NBA championship.

"Before everybody gets excited, we've got another 24 or 25 games," Riley said at a Heat charity function on Sunday.

"We're playing very well right now, but every day you keep ratcheting up what you need to do to get ready for what you know is going to be an incredibly competitive playoff. Right now, you have to keep in mind we have a long way to go."

The Heat (42-14) will head into Monday's home game against Charlotte winners of seven straight and 10 of 11. They still have to wait seven weeks before the playoffs.

"Everybody thinks it's right around the corner. No, a lot of stuff can happen," Riley said. "We're in home-court advantage races, not only in the West but in the East. That's not an objective.

"The objective, I think according to Coach (Erik Spoelstra), is that (we) stay on track with the defense and the rebounding, and I think we'll be OK."

Riley touched on several other topics during a brief meeting with reporters.

— On LeBron James: "The fact that he's a confident player right now, probably the most confident player in the NBA, and it's not born out of arrogance or born out of anything else other than the main thing, which is winning. He wants to win. That's all it's about."

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