Wade and Bosh hung out at Bosh’s home the night before Game 7 against Indiana to discuss what they needed to do to be more assertive and productive going forward. Wade said the two teammates and neighbors were “showing brotherhood” and reflecting on their importance to the success of the team. But Wade also admitted that he cannot predict how his body will respond until he steps on the court.
“A couple of nights I got out before the game, I thought ‘Oh yeah, this is my night,’ ” Wade said. “I got out there and it was, ‘Oh no, it’s not.’ It’s one of those things, like I said, it’s from quarter to quarter.”
The increased load has started to wear on James, who took a rare breather at the start of the fourth quarter of Game 1, signaling that fatigue had begun to set in through a grueling run of non-stop basketball. He followed up that first championship with an Olympic gold medal last summer in London — Wade and Bosh both sat out — and has played 93 games, including the playoffs, this season.
“It’s a toll for myself to go through what I’ve been through the last 21
2 years, but I’ve been blessed. I’ve been blessed to be a part of three Finals. I’ve been blessed to be a part of a great Olympic team and play basketball, the game I love,” James said. “I would love to have rest, but not at this time of the year. I wouldn’t substitute sitting down in my house right now watching the Finals.”
Miami has lost the first game of a playoff series three times since James, Wade and Bosh came together and the Heat has gone on to win the next four games each time. Wade’s two championships have actually come after losing the first game of the Finals; the Heat actually beat Dallas in Game 1 before losing two years ago.
“That history repeats itself hopefully thing, that would be great,” Wade said. “But right now we have to figure out how to make the adjustments to win Game 2. We’re playing against a very, very good team. Very intelligent, smart team.
“And we have to break the code. We have to crack the code. And figure out how to be more effective, you know, in Game 2 than we were in Game 1.”
When asked what he expected from his teammates Sunday, James said simply: “I expect them to suit up and be on the floor ready for a game. That’s what I expect from them.”