Considering all of the hard fouls, bloody cuts and tough talk that have permeated this brutal playoff series between the Heat and Pacers, it's difficult to imagine a player from one team rooting for anything that has to do with the opposing squad.
But that's exactly where Heat guard Dwyane Wade stands entering Game 6 of this best-of-7 series. Wade said Wednesday he hopes Indiana is as close to full strength as possible when the teams head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday night, with the Heat leading 3-2 and having a chance to close out the series.
Why? Well, because Keith Bogans is still haunting Wade after all these years. Yes, Wade still has a sore spot for Kentucky fans who suggest the Wildcats would have knocked off Marquette in the 2003 NCAA Tournament had Bogans been healthy instead of trying to play through a high ankle sprain. Wade went on to notch a triple-double against Kentucky in a performance that not only launched Marquette into the Final Four but also cemented his status as a top-five lottery pick.
So that, in a nutshell, is why Wade wants Pacers' swingman Danny Granger (sprained left ankle) and forward David West (sprained left knee) to recover as quickly as possible from injuries that knocked them out of Miami's Game 5 victory. Granger sat out of the Pacers' practice Wednesday, but West participated in the light workout. Both players are expected to play Thursday.
Wade explains the motivation behind wishing the Pacers well in the video above, and also comments on team president Larry Bird calling his own team "soft."