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Dwyane Wade thanks Dallas for trash talking LeBron

Jun 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade AP

Jason Terry said LeBron James couldn’t guard him tightly for seven games. DeShawn Stevenson said LeBron “checked out” of Game 4.

The Miami Heat heard all that. LeBron heard all that.

Dwyane Wade told Dallas thank you for adding fuel to the fire under the best player walking the planet, as reported by Matt Moore over at CBSSports Eye on Basketball.

“(LeBron) doesn’t need it, but it adds fuel to the fire. We appreciate Dallas for that. Even if he had lost focus, he was going to get it back, but we appreciate the words that are coming out of their mouths….

“LeBron obviously wants to play better, but it’s not always about the scoring aspect. It’s just about playing better overall.”

The second part of that is key, and our Game 5 preview focuses on that. It can’t be LeBron being more aggressive by just dominating the ball and drawing all the defense then shooting over a triple team — he needs to attack but kick when the time is right, and he needs to work hard off the ball when Wade has it.

There’s a line at the end of the classic World War II movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!” where Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, when congratulated on the attack, says, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” (Yes, I know in real life he didn’t actually say that.)

Dallas may someday look back at all these comments the same way.

  1. thekingdave - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Why does Wade always speak for Lebron? The Big Three are more dramatic than the Basketball Wives.

    • goforthanddie - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      Ever listened to LeBitch talk? He needs a spokesman.

  2. Justin - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Should be an exciting game! Can’t wait for tonight!

  3. stevefromyellowstone - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    my posts are being censored. checking to see if I’m on.
    sorry other posters.

  4. goforthanddie - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    The only motivation LeBitch should need is the knowledge that he will be considered a failure if he doesn’t retire with multiple rings.

    • philtration - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Too late.

  5. nfl25 - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Jim rome did a good job to get Stevenson to say that. Jim Rome used the word first and then got Stevenson to say it. They really should show more than just a little piece of what he said

  6. heathavoc - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    for starters every word said through the press is blown out of proportion and turned into drama. lets face it, drama sells. so anytime anything is said about an opposing team or even a teammate, the media is going ask everyone down to the towel boy what they think about what was said. so Wade answering a question on that comments would not be considering speaking for James. Secondly, theyre teammates, so theyre supposed to defend one another. Dallas is frustrated because they know they are not the better team, they have yet to beat the Heat. The Heat beat themselves by allowing a lesser team to come back. But hey, everyone makes mistakes. Miami made that one twice. OKC made the same one. Miami does their talking on the court and doesnt have their mediocre at best, bench running to the first camera they see to make a statement

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      Oh.. wow… did I really just read this, “Dallas is frustrated because they know they are not the better team, they have yet to beat the Heat. The Heat beat themselves by allowing a lesser team to come back.”

      Oh, I definitely did just read that. For starters, you took way to much offense to someone saying that Wade was speaking for LeBron. It’s just his perception… obviously he missed the interview where LeBron addressed that. Oh well, relax my little Heat lover.

      Secondly, to say the Heat are the better team is saying it ignorantly with way too much pride. We’ve seen in the series already these teams are completely equally competitive, and to even disagree you’re saying that these games aren’t fantastic competive basketball games, but you’re saying they’re not great competition, and that the Heat’s just giving up in the games they lost.

      Well… to put it bluntly, you’re stupid.

      • Justin - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:02 PM

        I agree. We’ve seen all throughout the playoffs the Heat blow leads in the 4th quarter. At what point does it become the norm and not the exception. A “great” team wouldn’t do that.

    • nfl25 - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      just cuz you have all the stars on one team doesnt make you better. the better team is the one that wins. miami will always be the most talented team but they may not be the better team. dallas has show heart, determination and the never give up. you know how easy it would have been to just give up when miami was up 15 with a few minutes left, crowd going nuts, the heat players are in celebration mode, knowing how talneted miami is. but they fought back and wound up taking the game.

      i take heart over talent any day of the week. dont get me wrong, some players on the heat got heart but not like dallas

  7. pnoty96 - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    I like the line from Tora ! etc., etc… shows how hollywood likes to exaggerate things …and of course the ignorant Ass American public eats that crap up…just like they eat up all this exaggerated crap about Lebron, etc. Its a game folks…..

  8. skip3525 - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Terry was 6/15 with 17 points.
    He got a layup near the end and 2 FTs when Miami had to foul.
    He needs to focus more on hitting his shots instead of running his mouth.
    Plus Dallas won’t get all those touch fouls back in Miami either.

    • nfl25 - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      just curious, when someone says something about miami, they are a hater. so is that just for miami or does that go for when someone says something about the other teams in the league?

      just trying to figure this thing out

    • nfl25 - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:11 PM

      whats funny is not only is miami so used to getting all the calls, the fans of miami are too. the heat look stunned when a foul is called on them. the heat got every call throughout the playoffs at home, and sometimes even on the road but not near as much. but in the finals i think it has been pretty even. there was the loose ball fouls against miami that were questionable, but miami won anyways, plus they refused to show the replay to see if they were bad calls.

  9. skip3525 - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Game 1 Mia 21 fouls Dal 22 fouls
    Game 2 Mia 17 fouls Dal 20 fouls
    Game 3 Mia 27 fouls Dal 14 fouls
    Game 4 Mia 23 fouls Dal 18 fouls

    So a team that shoots jumpshots gets more fouls called for them?
    Not hating on anyone or any team.
    Just open your eyes and watch the game.
    I guess that theory of Miami getting all the fouls called for them is true also?

  10. thetooloftools - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Mr. Wade defending his wife’s honor.
    Didn’t see that coming.

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