May 15, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel gestures from the sidelines against the Washington Wizards in the second quarter in game six of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 93-80, and won the series 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs: Frank Vogel Says Playing At Home Means Nothing


The Miami Heat were stumped on the road in Indianapolis for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and they’ll need to figure out a way to win Game 2 or risk going back to Miami in their most embarrassing position all postseason. But while the Heat weren’t able to win on the road, Frank Vogel isn’t talking up his team’s home court advantage.

Vogel noted that while the Pacers may have won against the Heat, this postseason has proven that home court means nothing at all.

Per Ira Winderman:

Vogel, going in, on homecourt advantage, “The first two rounds made it very clear to us that being at home doesn’t mean anything.”

It actually does, whether Vogel wants to admit it or not. While the Heat have dominated in the postseason this year, their only two losses have come on the road in hostile environments. But the first time the Heat lost on the road, they adapted immediately and ended up winning the next game and closing out the series after that.

There’s no saying that will happen again, but the Heat may very well adapt once again and then make the Pacers wish that homecourt did matter as it would be the only advantage they have over Miami.

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