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Resting no more: Dwyane Wade's postseason gets off to a flying start for champion Heat

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    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson (25) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (The Associated Press)

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    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6), Dwyane Wade (3) and Chris Bosh (1) talk during a timeout in the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 99-88. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (The Associated Press)

To get ready for the toughest time of year, Dwyane Wade had to accept some tough realities in the regular season.

If the Miami Heat win another title, no one will be able to argue.

Wade was 155th in the NBA in minutes played this season, appearing in only 54 games. Most of his absences were because of a knee-maintenance program and then because of an injured hamstring.

But when the playoffs started, Wade seemed like himself again: 23 points and five assists in 34 minutes, and the Heat took Game 1 from the Charlotte Bobcats.

LeBron James says Wade "couldn't look better." That's got to be a good sign for the two-time defending NBA champions.