As if the simple action of playing basketball at the speed of the NBA game wasn't exhausting enough, sometimes you have to play 20 second-half minutes at a super-high level to erase a seven-point halftime deficit, and then play another five minutes of even more high-leverage hoops, just to get a win on your home floor over a feisty high-octane opponent and extend your lead atop the Eastern Conference.
All that work can leave even a dude as well conditioned as Dwyane Wade tuckered and looking for a place to rest his weary bones. Luckily, the AmericanAirlines Arena comes equipped with many comfy seats that are, like, literally right next to the court. Pretty convenient, right?
It's like my grandfather always said: Repeatedly fooling Toronto Raptors defenders into the air with pump-fakes, then leaping into them, releasing a shot and flailing a bit to nail down a foul call that gets you to the free throw line over the course of a game is a tiring business. Wisdom as true today as it was in 19-Dickety-Three. And the best part is, the Miami Heat star didn't even have to get a heckler in questionable clothing ejected to sit in this courtside seat. Total win/win.
Another look, via the Sun Sports broadcast, after the jump:
Wade scored 25 points in 25 minutes after halftime on Wednesday, finishing with a game-high 35 on 13 for 19 shooting (and a 9 for 15 mark at the foul line), seven assists and five rebounds in Miami's 123-116 overtime victory over a tough Raptors team that had seven players in double figures, led by 20 from reserve Alan Anderson. LeBron James helped out a little bit with just another ho-hum triple-double (31 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) and Chris Bosh added his first double-double in nearly a month. Hope they got comfy chairs, too.
Also: That young lady snapping away with her iPhone definitely put at least one of those pictures on Instagram, right? If you've seen it, give us a shout. Totally want to know which filter she used.
Video via SportsNationESPN.