SAN ANTONIO – A familiar voice from the back of the room asked LeBron James the final question at Saturday's Q&A session with reporters.
"Ready to go to practice so we can get better, bro? You been talking all day, let's go," Dwyane Wade said.
James delivered his best Allen Iverson impersonation.
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"Practice? Not the game! You talking about practice?" James said. "All right. I've got to get to practice."
James' comment drew a chuckle, and he then left for practice. Before then, James addressed the cramps in his left leg which limited his availability in San Antonio's 110-95 victory Thursday in Game 1.
"I'm doing well, doing a lot better," James said. "The soreness is starting to get out. I'm feeling better than I did yesterday and with another day, I should feel much better tomorrow."
After all the drama that ensued during and after Game 1 – the sweltering heat inside the air condition-less AT&T Center forcing James to miss key stretches with debilitating leg cramps – the Heat appear loose and ready for Game 2 (Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, ABC).
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The Heat have one factor in its favor: in the Big 3 era, they have not trailed by two games in a series, except for losing 4-2 to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 Finals, and they have not lost consecutive playoff games since 2012 – a string of 12 straight wins following a loss.
"To win championships, you have to face adversity and come back from any situation, and they've proved that over the years," Spurs guard Tony Parker said. "That's why it's our job to stay focused, We know it's just one game, and we know they're capable to come back and win at our place."
The Heat do a remarkable job of learning from a loss -- they correct mistakes and come out with a better performance. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said there was "a lot of carnage to go through (Friday) in the film and today working through what we need to do better and harder. Our group has been pretty good at developing some mental toughness of owning what we need to do better."
The Heat were good enough offensively in Game 1 until James left the game for good with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter. Miami scored 95 points and shot 47.4%, including 41.4% on three-pointers, on the road against a good defensive team. James, Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 62 points and Ray Allen had 16 points off the bench.
Spoelstra and the Heat like their chances to win in those circumstances.
But the Heat struggled in some areas of their offense that prevented them from winning, starting with 18 turnovers. They also need better play from point guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, who combined for five points on 1-for-7 shooting. And, forward Chris Andersen was kept in check.
Miami wasn't very efficient offensively late in the fourth quarter and were outscored 16-3 in the final four minutes.
Don't be surprised if Spoelstra goes deeper into his bench and uses forward Udonis Haslem, who didn't play in Game 1.
"We would like to clean that up with our execution and efficiency, and not letting them flatten us out, where we're still able to get to our game," Spoelstra said.
But more than anything, Miami needs to play better defense. The Spurs shot 58.8% from the field and 52% on three-pointers. It will be difficult for the Heat to beat the Spurs if they don't clean up their pick-and-roll defense and defend with three-point line with greater urgency.
"They won't make it easy. We don't expect them to," Spoelstra said. "So we have to do it much better than we did. … We need to do what we do better and harder. They make it tough with their passing and getting into the paint with their pick-and-rolls and spreading you out with three‑point shooters."
The Heat responded with each loss to the Spurs in last season's Finals with a victory. They get another chance to do the same.
"I'm not saying that's automatic and it means we're going to win the ballgame," Wade said. "But up to this point, it's worked out for us."