March 6, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) greets Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. The Bulls won 87-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Warming Up?

Apr 15, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat power player Dwyane Wade (3) takes a free throw during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday at NY

–          Miami clinched the Southeast division with the victory in New York on Sunday.

–          Dwyane Wade passed Hall of Fame center Alonzo Mourning for most games played in a Heat uniform (594).

”This is obviously a lot of our favorite places to play, but I think it came at a good time for us,” Wade said. ”We were struggling, as in to play a complete game on the road, and what better place to come in and focus then here, where this team has been playing well and can embarrass you if you don’t play your game. So understanding that this could obviously be a first-round matchup as well, I thought today we came in, we didn’t play amazing, but played good enough to win the game. We did a lot of good things, so it was a good time for it.”

”We got some defensive stops in Chicago, but were unable to close it out,” James said. ”Tonight we were able to make some shots from the floor and then come back down and get some big stops.”

”It’s all about perseverance and just continuing to stay with it,” Bosh said. ”We know we’re a great road team, we just have to go out there and prove it night in and night out and I think we’re going to do a better job and continue to play well, and hopefully this will give us some momentum.”

A Glance Ahead

Tonight the Heat plays at New Jersey. Will Dwyane Wade sit this one out (he’s been resting against the weaker teams)?

Wednesday and Thursday they play Toronto and Chicago on back-to-back nights. Maybe they rest some guys against the Raptors, but you know they will come to play and get one last look at the Bulls.

This weekend in South Beach they host the Wizards and Rockets. The questions remains if they are locked into the 2nd seed, will they rest or try to find rhythm?

Next week they close out the regular season at Boston and at Washington for the finale. If these games are meaningless, do they still gear up for Boston for one last test and perhaps revenge?

May 7, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) both react in the first half in game three of the second round of the 2011 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

 

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