Wednesday was the six-year anniversary of the Heat's 2006 NBA title. Only Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem remain from that team.
“That's my brother,” Wade said of Haslem. “We've been through so much, obviously on the basketball floor, but off the court. He dealt with personal issues, I dealt with personal issues … we've been there for each other.
“I would love to play with him for the rest of my career. I'm just happy that we're both able to be in this moment again six years later. It wouldn't feel right if I wasn't a part of it or he wasn't a part of it.”
HEAT? NO KIDDING
Some blamed LeBron James' cramping in Game 4 on the heat in American Airlines Arena. It didn't seem any hotter than OKC's Chesapeake Arena.
But Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his support personnel would take precautions for James in Game 5.
“I think we'll be able to better hydrate and be more proactive now that we know what the environment is like,” Spoelstra said. “Hey, we're from down here, so hopefully it'll be to our advantage.”
Spoelstra said James feels “better … hopefully by tomorrow he'll feel even better. But he was able to go through our practice, which was more of a glorified walk-through.”
LEARNING THE RULE
Some of the Thunder players said they didn't know the rule that the shot clock returns to five seconds if fewer than that remain at a jump ball. Russell Westbrook committed a crucial foul with 13 seconds left in Game 4 after a jump ball restored the shot clock to five seconds from the 0.8 that had been left.
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.”
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.”