The questions were wrapping up for
"You ready to go to practice so we can get better, bruh?"
As Wade turned toward the practice court inside the
"Practice?" James said, repeating the famous Allen rant and prompting a smile from Wade. "Not the game, you're talking about practice? All right, I've got to get to practice."
It was mercifully back to basketball for the
Miami trails San Antonio, one game to none, in the
The Heat allowed the Spurs'
James said he was feeling "much better" roughly 40 hours after temperatures inside the AT&T Center had hovered around 90 degrees because of an air-conditioning shutdown. He said he would test his body with some bicycle work and running in advance of Game 2, when conditions inside the arena are expected to be back to normal.
"The tank was empty and I used the reserve tank until my body couldn't go no more," James said of his experience in the series opener. "I'm going to try to do the same thing on [Sunday]. Obviously I don't want to go too far running my tank out. I want to be able to finish the game but you have to have that mind-set, there is no tomorrow."
There might not be if the Heat doesn't win Game 2.
Only three of 31 teams have come back to win the NBA Finals after facing 2-0 deficits — Boston against the
One stat that could work in the Heat's favor: It has won its last 12 games in the playoffs after a loss.
"We're able to bounce back, go to the film room, take account and not just bypass the mistakes we had in the previous game," James said. "And I think it's allowed us to move on and better ourselves for the next game."
It would help if someone besides
Of course, Miami also found itself down after the first game last season and went on to win a second consecutive title.
It's too early in the series to question the Heat, unless you're wondering when it's time to get back to practice.