MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Heat hit the practice floor Friday ahead of Sunday’s playoff game against the Charlotte Bobcats—a team which the Heat has beat 16 times in a row.
“They’re not coming in here just to roll over,” said Chris Bosh. “They’re coming here to win a series. They’re coming here to beat us. And we know that they have confidence in their game.”
Since LeBron James came to Miami three years ago, the Heat have reached the NBA Finals every season, and have won the last two titles.
They weren’t the best team in this year’s regular season, but it seemed much of the year was a ramp-up for the playoffs.
“I don’t need any motivation. I don’t extra motivation, I’m motivated enough,” said LeBron. “This is the best part of the season; it’s the best time of the year, I’m happy to be here once again.”
In current standing, the last NBA team to win three straight championships was the Lakers starting back in 2000. James and the rest of the Heat are hoping to join that elite club and the team is finally whole again.
“It’s the probably the first day of training camp the last time all of us was out there,” said LeBron. “We all practiced today, we all went through contact and it’s great, I guess guys are just ready for the playoffs.”
For Dwyane Wade, it’s been a season of struggling through injuries, but he said he feels good heading into the playoffs. The Heat need Wade at his best to win another title. He knows he’s a different player today than a few years ago.
“I wasn’t always the star player like that until I really got here and really came into my own, but my whole life I always the guy who had to get in where he could fit in,” Dwyane Wade.