Dwyane Wade was in familiar territory early Thursday as the Miami Heat held their shootaround on the campus where he starred at Marquette University.

And when the Heat enter the BMO Harris Bradley Center for Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, Wade will again be welcomed by the sight of his college jersey hanging in the arena rafters.

But with the top-seeded Heat holding a 2-0 lead in a series that's proved to be the most lopsided matchup in the playoffs, the last things coach Erik Spoelstra expects his team to feel are nostalgia, comfort and hospitality.

Instead, the Heat are bracing for a desperate Bucks team playing at home and aiming to get back into the series.

“There's nothing wrong with us coming in desperate (also),” Spoelstra said after the Heat's workout Thursday. “Our guys have been through a lot of playoff series to understand that nothing starts until you win on an opponent's floor. So we haven't done nothing yet. We know they'll play with confidence and energy in front of their fans. We'll have to play better than we did (in Game 2).”

Miami has won the first two games by an average of nearly 18 points, but Milwaukee's coach and players took some solace in hanging with the Heat early in both games. After a 110-87 loss in Game 1, the Bucks shot 50 percent from the field, scored 23 points off Heat turnovers and kept up with Miami a bit longer before falling 98-86 on Tuesday.

Bucks center Larry Sanders said his team made incremental progress in Game 2 and hopes to continue to trend and get a breakthrough win Thursday to slow Miami's momentum. So far, the Bucks have been unable to counter the Heat's ability to break open games with devastating late runs.

Miami used a 9-0 spurt to start the third quarter in Game 1, and eventually led by as many as 25 points. In Game 2 on Tuesday, it was a 12-0 run by the Heat to open the fourth that ultimately created a 19-point cushion. In both instances, the Heat reached a gear the Bucks didn't match.