DALLAS — Two of the best wings in the game play together on the same team but it's rare that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James go against each other one-on-one in practice. Thursday morning offered the rare exception.
"This time of the season it won't be too often, so the only time it would be is in shootarounds when we want to get better," Wade said.
Wade and James spent about 15 minutes after Thursday's shootaround at American Airlines Center working together on post moves. The one-on-one session lasted so long that eventually the Dallas Mavericks forced them off the court for their shootaround.
"We don't play until 8:30, so we wanted to get a little work in," Wade said. "When you help each other out with certain things that you see throughout the game, it helps a lot. We both will take it into the game, so certain things that I had seen when he was posting up that felt that maybe he could look at it this way and vice versa.
"It's good to have a guy like that and him have me, to where we can coach each other and tell each other certain things."
TONIGHT'S GAME: Miami Heat (16-6) at Dallas Mavericks (12-13)
TIME: 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: American Airlines Center
TV: TNT (Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Mike Fratello, Craig Sager)
RADIO: AM 790/104.3 FM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM (José Pañeda)
The Heat is 22-29 all-time vs. the Mavericks, including 10-15 in Dallas. Miami is 4-4 on the road this season after losing to the Wizards in its last road game.
"Last time we were on the road in Washington we lost," Wade said. "Our job is to come in here and play better defensively than we did at home. It's a tough task but this is what grows our team—what helps us become a championship-caliber team. It's road wins and road games, so we look forward to it."
The Mavericks (12-13) have been without Dirk Nowitzki (right knee surgery) throughout the season and veteran guard Derek Fisher (strained right knee) is out as well. Elton Brand (right groin strain) and Brandan Wright (sprained right ankle) are questionable.
"We've got to have a good start," Wade said. "Obviously, at home sometimes you come out with a slow start and your crowd can get you back into it. On the road, you don't have that. So, it's about coming out and having a good start and setting the tone defensively and hopefully offensively getting into a groove early."
Wade is shooting .655 (38 of 58) over his last five games.