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“We’re a confident bunch,” the MVP said. “We’ve got a veteran ballclub. We didn’t play well in Game 3, so we have an opportunity to go out and make amends and try to bring it back to our house with the series tied 2-2.”

The Pacers expect Wade to be back on his game Sunday. Although he’s struggling with leg issues, Wade is still one of the game’s top players and has the ability to score in bunches. So his players wouldn’t forget how dangerous Wade can be, Indiana coach Frank Vogel gave them some video reminders before practice.

“We showed clips of him torching us in previous games, making shots that he’s been missing in this series,” Vogel said. “Dwyane Wade has not been the normal Dwyane Wade we’re all used to seeing. We understand the threats that are there and I’ve made sure they leave here understanding that this team can beat us.”

The most intense matchup in this series has been between James and Indiana’s Danny Granger, who has not shied away from being physical with Miami’s superstar.

Granger and James have had altercations in the past two games, with their teammates stepping in to separate them before either could do anything they’d regret. Granger was called for a technical Thursday after he pulled James‘ jersey on a breakaway and then took exception to an elbow extended toward his face.

“That’s part of basketball. That’s two men battling,” Granger said. “I’m not backing down from anybody, and he’s not backing down from anybody. And when you get that, you get some altercations.”

Vogel has preached all season for his players to have an “edge,” but doesn’t want them to do anything that could hurt the team.

“They understand very clearly that we are not interested in any ejection or suspension,” he said. “They also understand very clearly that a key to this series is letting the Miami Heat know that we’re not backing down from them.”

Granger said he knows not to take things too far. The risks are too great.

“I know where the line is,” Granger said. “(NBA commissioner) David Stern has done a good job of making sure we know what the line is and what not to cross. We won’t cross that line. We just want each other to know it’s going to be an intense battle, and it’s going to be a fight.”

James brushed aside Granger’s tough-guy talk as an opponent playing mind games.

“Why would he be scared of me?” James said. “I’m not no monster and this ain’t no horror movie. I’m not trying to scare anybody. He’s hyping himself up to say he’s not scared of me. Have I ever been intimidated by anybody in this league? I don’t think so.

“I go out and play my game and let my game do the talking.”