Dwyane Wade compares Heat's fourth Big Three season to 'bad marriage'

And we're going to have that target on our back every single night, and we understand that.

Addressing the media at the Cavaliers' practice facility, Wade said Cleveland's 3-5 start has revived memories of the Heat's run to the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, despite an uneven ride in the fourth season playing alongside Chris Bosh and current Cavaliers teammate LeBron James.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Ain't nobody afraid. Maybe at some point it will get there, but not right now. The Cavaliers then beat the Celtics in five games. What was an inconsequential losing streak has now become a rude slap in the face. They were just 4-7 in their last 11 regular-season games prior to last postseason before reeling off 10 straight wins.

"I think so", Wall said. "I think if you look at a year ago, people might say they did or didn't, but I think they didn't want the number one season for a reason because we would have played them in the second round".

The way the Cavaliers are playing, earning the Eastern Conference's number one seed will be a almost impossible task. "That's always the challenging thing. Hopefully we can eventually pull from that and everybody wants to see the other guys succeed and get to that pinnacle they got to". I've done it seven straight years, so I know how to get back into the flow of things. I'm not going to sit here and do that. Wade, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose and Jeff Green play heavy minutes now, and Isaiah Thomas will start once he returns from a hip injury.

Lue, along with his coaching staff, showed up to shootaround an hour early to take the swingman and center through the offense so they will be ready to contribute in the absence of Iman Shumpert (knee) and Tristan Thompson (calf). If the ball doesn't stick, the Cavaliers are a good offensive team, and James is the reason behind that.

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