Despite some half-hearted protests, the Miami Heat will receive their championship rings in an elaborate ceremony tonight. After that, Dwyane Wade hopes the team can avoid entering a state of ennui as they chase a third straight NBA title. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “Tuesday night’s championship-ring and banner-raising ceremonies at AmericanAirlines Arena will be anything but funereal. But for the Miami Heat to move past last season’s second consecutive championship, their coach said Tuesday’s pregame celebration has to bring closure. ‘That’s why it’s a dichotomy,’ Spoelstra said after Monday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, in advance of Tuesday’s season opener against the visiting Chicago Bulls. ‘That’ll be the final burial for us of last year. And that’s with absolute respect. But we’ve been starting to throw dirt on it, respectfully, that we have to let it go and we have to move on.’ From the start of camp, Spoelstra has stressed that it is essential to ‘expel’ the sense of being in championship mode, with Tuesday’s lifting of the banner raising a new set of expectations. To guard Dwyane Wade, it’s about creating new, meaningful moments. ‘Our goal here is not to get bored,’ he said. ‘Don’t get bored with trying to be great. Go out there every night, compete and understand that we’re the champions and represent ourselves as champions.'”
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