You know that extra gear?
The one Dwyane Wade had to play without late last season and throughout the playoffs?
Skipping the Olympics for offseason knee surgery made sure of that.
A grueling rehab process sped up the original timeline.
Wade even gave up dinner rolls and his beloved lemonade to make sure he was ready for Tuesday's season-opening win over the Celtics.
That was vintage Wade out there again, putting up 29 points on just 22 shot attempts, getting to the foul line 11 times and showing that missing quickness again on both ends of the floor.
"It did feel good," he said. "Like old times again."
Wade stuck right with young Courtney Lee on defense.
And when cramps sent LeBron James back to the locker room for long stretches of the second half, Wade took control of the offense and turned back a late Celtics rally.
"Don't want Bron leaving too many times," Wade said, "but it felt good to have kind of what I'm used to in a sense."
"Guys coming to me within a game," he said.
It was only one game, of course, and Wade admittedly got tired near the end of his 35-minute night.
Back when the Heat haters were starting to write him off at age 30.
Those difficult days seemed very distant as Wade went slaloming again through the Celtics defense, frustrating Rondo to the point of punkishness in the game's final seconds.
A little earlier, Wade had dribbled hard at Rondo with the right hand, crossed him over at the foul line and freed himself up with two quick dribbles to his left.