Heat still waiting, working toward 2nd round

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm •  Published: May 2, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — Savannah James will not have a say in scheduling for the Eastern Conference semifinals. In the interim, her husband seems to be letting her call plenty of shots.

And if she decides that "Spider-Man 2" trumps watching more first-round NBA playoff games, LeBron James will be spending a night off at the movies.

"It's up to what she wants to do," James said, smiling.

Such are the perks of having idle time during the postseason. But those date nights better get squeezed in quickly, since the latest long break between playoff games for the Heat will finally be ending soon enough. Off since finishing off their first-round sweep of Charlotte this past Monday, the Heat will open their next postseason series at home on Tuesday against Toronto or Brooklyn.

With no opponent to lock in on, the Heat practiced Friday focused on one team - the Heat.

"We're just working on what we do," Heat forward Chris Bosh said Friday afternoon. "That's the best thing we can do right now, work on our defense, spacing, offensive characteristics, working on our habits and everything and staying in shape. That's what it's about. We can't worry about anybody because we don't have an opponent right now. We'll see what happens."

It's not like the time off has been uneventful.

There were some very significant events. James had some of the sharpest comments offered by any player after the NBA decided to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life over racist comments. And all that happened while the organization mourned the death of Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay, a one-time Heat broadcaster who was revered within the team's inner circle.

There were also many ordinary-seeming items: Samsung Mobile released an app giving fans another way to track James' doings, the four-time NBA MVP was getting plenty of treatment on a bad thigh bruise that he said was vastly improved by Friday, the latest collection of Wade-designed socks were unveiled, Mario Chalmers' daughter had a birthday and Shane Battier fought off an illness.