Heat Notebook - June 7
By Brad Friedman
DALLAS, June 7 -- How's Dwyane Wade feeling? That question was on everyone's minds at Finals media availability Wednesday.
Wade was hospitalized Friday with the flu but played in Game 6 of the East Finals that night, helping Miami close out its series with the Pistons in a 95-78 win.
"You know, feeling better," said the former Marquette guard, who had 14 points and 10 assists versus Detroit that night. "Finally trying to get this virus out of me. It's something that I've got to deal with."
Wade practiced Sunday, but now admits the decision to do so was premature.
"Of course, playing the game, they drug me up a lot, so I felt good after the game but the next two days kind of hit me," he said. "I think my body wasn't ready for that and it kind of shut me down the next day totally. Yeah, I probably came back and tried to do too much, too early. But, I mean, that's what I'm going to do."
After giving his body a rest, Wade resumed practice Wednesday for conditioning purposes, and says he'll play a bit before Game 1 Thursday.
Howard looking to stop Wade's drive
Mavericks defensive ace Josh Howard will matchup with Wade in The Finals. His strategy? Give Wade the jump shot. Wade shot just .171 from three-point range and made 13 three-pointers during the regular season.
"It's one of this smaller weaknesses," Howard said. "If I was to take away anything, I'd take away the drive, just like anybody else would, just to make him shoot jumpers."
Howard concedes Wade's still a threat from the perimeter. The Miami Heat star has caught fire in the postseason -- by his own standards at least -- knocking down 11 treys at a .423 efficiency mark.
"He's improved that shot a lot," Howard said. "I can't say he can't shoot it because throughout the couple series I've watched he's making threes, he's making pull-ups.
Feel Good For Mourning
Alonzo Mourning's career has been a roller coaster ride since being diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, a kidney disorder, in 2000. The adversity the former All-Star has fought over the latter half of his career makes the story of the 13-year veteran's quest at his first title only more captivating.
"It really hasn't hit me quite yet," Mourning said. "When they throw it up tomorrow, it's definitely going to hit me. I know what this franchise has gone through – a lot of pain, a lot of heartache. I know what I've gone through physically -- a lot of pain, a lot of heartache. I know what the fans have gone through – a lot of pain, a lot of heartache."
Mourning spent seven season in Miami from 1995-2002 and returned to the franchise in 2004-05.
"If anybody appreciates this moment, I do," Mourning said. "I appreciate this moment for the simple fact I know how much all of us had to go through to get to this point. You think of a guy like (Heat owner) Micky Arison, who has done so much in order to try to get the pieces in place in order for this franchise to be successful -- for the city to have an opportunity to enjoy this moment."
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