The Indiana Pacers have virtually no chance of catching the Eastern Conference leaders, but they still have plenty at stake.
Coach Frank Vogel hopes his team remembers that when it seeks a fourth straight home win on Wednesday night facing the injury-plagued Minnesota Timberwolves.
Looking to end Miami's 17-game winning streak and sweep the three-game season series, Indiana (39-24) lost 105-91 in South Beach on Sunday to fall nine games behind the Heat.
The Pacers are now 9 12 back, but they're four up on second-place Chicago in the Central Division race and percentage points behind the Atlantic Division-leading New York Knicks for the No. 2 spot in the East.
"We've got to win the Central Division first then try to get the two seed second," Vogel said after Tuesday's practice. "We've got to take care of every game."
If any of the Pacers were overlooking the Timberwolves (22-39), watching them rout West-leading San Antonio 107-83 on Tuesday should have caught their attention. Minneso...