MIAMI — The Miami Heat practiced Sunday morning rather than wait a few hours to learn who they would play in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
"We feel the majority of it … 78, 80 percent, is what we do," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the workout. "We have two days still to prepare.
"Sometimes that extra day gives you too much information that third day, and it’s less instincts and more about too much information."
About a half hour after Spoelstra talked, the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors tipped off in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. The Nets won 104-103 and advanced to play the Heat beginning Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
"We’re about tired of practice, about tired of whatever Coach can think of to make us do," Dwyane Wade said. "We want to get back on the court. We’re ready to get our rhythm back, get back out there in the playoffs.
"You’re watching (the playoffs), it’s so exciting each game, you want to be a part of it."
Wade, who endured knee and hamstring issues during the regular season, said the idle week was good, "probably a little too much rest."
LeBron James, bothered by a sore back at times during the season and a thigh bruise suffered in the final first-round game against Charlotte, also benefitted from a week of no games.
"I’m still getting (treatment on the thigh) but it’s a little behind me," James said. "By Tuesday night, I should be close to a hundred percent."
The last time he felt that good? "On my honeymoon," said James, who got married in September.
Miami swept four games from Toronto during the regular season but lost all four meetings with Brooklyn.
Still, James said it didn’t matter which team the Heat faced.
"I think every team that’s in the playoffs now is better then they were during the season," James said. "A regular season doesn’t indicate anything. Team are more prepared, you have more time to prepare for a team or an individual."
Miami will use Monday to focus on defending Brooklyn’s half-court offense or Toronto’s up-tempo attack. Either way, the Heat weren’t expecting an easy road to the conference finals.
"Regardless of who we play, we know as the games go on, they get tougher," guard Ray Allen said, "and as the rounds go on, they get a lot tougher.
"For us, the next couple of rounds are going to be against the best teams in the league, so we welcome the challenge from anybody."