A few minutes before the Miami-Indiana series begins Sunday afternoon, NBA Commissioner David Stern will hit the court to present Heat forward LeBron James with the league's MVP award for a third time.
If the scene goes as Dwyane Wade expects, the moment will be more about motivation than culmination for James.
''His goal is to be the best player at the end of the season,'' Wade said. ''But if he can pick up a little history along the way, I don't think he's mad about that at all.''
So the MVP trophy that was awarded Saturday and will be repeated for ceremony's sake Sunday will be put away, and the chase for another - the one presented to the NBA champions - resumes for the Heat.
The reigning Eastern Conference champions open a second-round series at home against the Pacers, who won the last meeting between the clubs in the regular season after losing the first three matchups.
Some of the time leading up to this series was dominat...