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LeBron says he feels better, rest of Heat sound business like

Jun 20, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

Udonis Haslem, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade AP

MIAMI — There was a calm confidence around the Miami Heat as they went through practice Wednesday in preparation for Game 5 Thursday night. You could sense it. They may be up 3-1 with a chance to close it out, but they were business like.

“Honestly, it feels like a normal prep day,” Shane Battier said. “You come in, get treatment, look at film, talk about adjustments. For us it’s about building, it’s about getting better. After looking at the tape there is so much room for improvement.”

The biggest improvement would be a healthy LeBron James — who cramped badly in his legs near the end of Game 4.

“I feel a lot better than we did last night, that’s clear…” LeBron said Wednesday after a light “practice” that say nothing physical for the key rotation players. “I’m still a little sore because of the muscles just kind of being (used) at an intense level. Very tight, I’m still sore.”

The Heat expect him to be all the way back and ready to go come Thursday night.

There have been no easy wins for the Heat in this series — all three of their victories have been by single digits. They seemed to recognize that if they coast even a little — something that as a team they have been prone to do — they will be on a plane headed back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 rather than in a parade through South Beach.

But they were business-like in their approach to it. Battier said that started with Pat Riley and flowed through Erik Spoelstra.

“You’ve got to absolutely immerse yourself into the process and the focus,” Spoelstra said. “It’s Game 5. We want to treat it as a Game 7….

“It’s been well documented the experience we went though last year and the pain and all that. It doesn’t guarantee anything. Experience is a great teacher. You know, hopefully all those experiences will help us.”

The Heat carried themselves like a wise, experienced team on Wednesday. We’ll find out Thursday night if they really have learned from the past.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    You’d have to be a total basket case if you aren’t confident when you know the officials are going to do whatever it takes to ensure that you win.

    • xelcid - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Do you realize how childish you sound?

    • edweird0 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      I liked you better when you were speechless…

    • finsfan71 - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      That’s fine because at the end of the day it’ll give all Heat fans pleasure thinking of you clutching your pillow and rocking back and forth shouting about the refs

    • divan22 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Yeah, I can’t believe the jump-shooting band of pansies don’t get the same amount of whistles as the attacking team that lives in the paint!

    • finalword33 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      You’re a basket case even with that confidence.

    • gmsingh - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      I guess I’ll just have to keep re-posting this link until someone wants to make a legitimate comment about how the refs are deciding the outcome:–nba.html

  2. cantonbound13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    The pampering kicked in

  3. uhemi - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Mr. Wrong you are a complete idiot !!1

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