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TNT analyst Reggie Miller raves about development of young Thunder players Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Steven Adams

Miller says Thunder is best team in the Western Conference
by Mel Bracht Published: January 8, 2014

Is this the year your Pacers overtake the Heat as the top team in the East?

“Barring an injury, these two teams are headed for a collision course in the Eastern Conference. Just looking at the landscape, there are only four teams at .500 or above. The Eastern Conference sucks. Having said that, I would make take Miami and/or Indiana and you guys could have the field. That's how good I feel about those two teams. The Pacers have to stay healthy. They're young. They are going to have to build up a disdain, a hatred, for the Heat. That's the only way you can mentally beat them, when a team has beaten you twice in a row in the playoffs ... I don't think Miami is really concerning themselves about that No. 1 seed because they believe they can go into Indiana and steal a game. Indiana, they play hard and they have something a lot of teams don't have, that rim protector in (Roy) Hibbert. I don't know if (Greg) Oden is going to be the answer (for the Heat). They are probably going to make a run for Andrew Bynum. Paul George (Indiana forward) has to be the best player on the floor going against Miami. That's saying a lot when you're going against the best player in the world in LeBron James.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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