It's not that LeBron James was pulling for the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. It's just that such a result would have provided clarity.

"I'm more anxious than anybody," he said Tuesday of learning the Miami Heat's opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "Me and Spo probably are in the same boat, as far as when we can start preparing."

Instead, with the Brooklyn Nets moving within 3-2 in that best-of-seven opening-round series, James and his Heat teammates were reduced to a series of conditioning drills orchestrated Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena by coach Erik Spoelstra.

As it is, the NBA announced Tuesday that the Heat's next series would not begin until Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena, regardless of the length of Bulls-Nets.

As for the Heat's opponent, closure will have to wait until at least Thursday night, when the Bulls host Game 6 of that series at the United Center.

Center Chris Bosh said the uncertainty regarding opponents has its advantages.

"One of the best parts about the playoffs," he said of advancing quickly, as the Heat did with their 4-0 opening-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks, "is that you get to just watch other teams beat each other up."

Of course, that part would be more fun if it didn't come accompanied by Spoelstra relentlessly pushing his players through trademark Heat conditioning drills, as was the case Tuesday.

"He's a creative guy," Bosh said with a sort of laugh, "so I'm sure the creative juices in his mind get flowing. As far as drills and stuff are concerned, he can be the mad scientist for like three or four days and then come back down after we get back into a routine."