If nothing else, the trying times against the Celtics proved that this very much still remains an us-against-the-world situation for the Miami Heat.
Heat players said they have insulated themselves sufficiently from the hostility.
"You know how long me and my friends have been hearing stuff about me? We don't let it bother us at this point," LeBron James said. "We've heard way too much over the years, so it's nothing for us.
"It is what it is. People can have their own judgment, have their own opinion on us."
The object of fan derision for two seasons following "The Decision" to bolt Cleveland for the Heat, James found himself the target immediately following his 45-point, 15-rebound dismantling of the Celtics in Boston in Game 6. Post-game video shows LeBron getting showered as he walks to the tunnel, after a fan apparently tossed a drink at him.
Dwyane Wade also was on the receiving end of fan hostility at the TD Bank Garden on Thursday night, after turning away from a ball that went out of bounds, Wade got a ball to the head when the fan pitched it back on court.
Wade said players have to know what they're in for when they sign on.
"I guess, when you decide, especially this year, coming off of last year, when you decide to sign up for this, you kind of should know what you're signing up for," he said. "It's going to be: When it's great, it is great. When it's not, it is not. Ain't no ifs, ands or buts about it. Ain't no gray area, ain't no in between in here.
"I think everybody just came in with the right mentality because every day they came in and worked, and they have the same goals that we all have."
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