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Heat notebook: Dwyane Wade calls longtime teammate Udonis Haslem his brother

Wednesday was the six-year anniversary of the Heat's 2006 NBA title. Only Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem remain from that team.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 20, 2012
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But Wade said he didn't know the rule, either, and had to be told by the Heat coaching staff.

“I'm sure a lot of players didn't even know the rule,” Wade said. “When we were told, it's like, ‘OK, this is great. This is a bonus for us.' But I also knew that it was going to be tough, if we got the tip, to get a great shot off.”

HUGE PLAY

A forgotten play in the Heat victory was on the jump ball. OKC's James Harden actually controlled the tip over Haslem, but the Heat's Shane Battier streaked in to tip the ball to Mario Chalmers and let Miami keep possession.

“Shane did an unbelievable job of making sure that we got the ball,” Wade said. “They pretty much had it, and Shane came out of nowhere and tipped it, and we got lucky when Rio (Chalmers) got fouled.”

THUNDER SHOOTING POORLY

The Thunder is shooting just 27.3 percent on 3-pointers in this series. Take away Kevin Durant's 10-of-27, and the Thunder has made just 11 of 50.

“You see some that are make or miss,” Spoelstra said. “That's the bottom line. We're trying to play true to our identity, and that's to be aggressive, to attack, to hopefully force some mistakes, to really try to protect that paint, and then make great efforts to get to that 3-point line.

“I don't know if we've affected them or not.”

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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