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INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Heat, including stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, refused to get dragged into Lance Stephenson's inflammatory comments about Wade's often-sore right knee.

"D-Wade, his knee is kind of messed up, so I have to be extra aggressive and make him run," Stephenson, the Indiana Pacers shooting guard, said Saturday. "Tell coach (Frank Vogel) to run 'Floppy' and run him around and make his knee flare up or something. Do anything possible so the games will come easier for us."

Asked for his response prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Pacers on Sunday, Wade said, "I don't respond. The talk should be about basketball — the game. I don't do the talking back and forth in the media."

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But Stephenson backed up his tough talk during Game 1, which the Pacers won 107-96. The 23-year-old had 17 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Wade scored 27 points but had 13 in the fourth quarter, when the game mostly was in hand for the Pacers.

Wade has not missed a game in the playoffs and actually has played his best recently, showing little ill effect from his knees. Before Sunday's 27-point outburst, he had 28 in Wednesday's series-clinching Game 5 win vs. the Brooklyn Nets.

James said the first time he heard about Stephenson's comments came when news reporters informed him about an hour before tip-off.

"I don't really have a reaction. ... Just here to win," James said.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who says Wade's minutes will not be limited, also had nothing to say on Stephenson's comments.

"You're asking definitely the wrong guy," Spoelstra said. "We don't get into that. It'll be decided between the four lines."

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But others, including NBA veteran Quentin Richardson, Wade's friend, former teammate and fellow Chicagoan, didn't like the comment from Stephenson. Richardson sounded off on Twitter about wishing injury on another player.

Animosity exists between the two teams, and that has dislike has played out on the court the past two playoffs. In 2012, Stephenson made a choke sign directed at James, and then-Heat big man Dexter Pittman leveled Stephenson with a forearm and elbow to in the final seconds of Game 5.

In last season's Eastern Conference finals, Heat forward Chris Andersen was suspended for his forearm shiver and shove on then-Pacers big man Tyler Hansbrough.

"Both teams understand it's decided in between the lines," Spoelstra said. "I don't anticipate anything. It will be hotly contested. It will be extremely physical. Nobody's going to give anything up. But everybody understands the consequences and understands the big picture. Stability in a series like this is critical."

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