Much was made of Heat guard Dwyane Wade wearing hot packs on his legs when he sat on the bench during Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

On Friday, Wade downplayed it and said it was more about resting for shorter periods. It kept his sore right knee from stiffening on the sideline.

"It wasn't magical," Wade said.

"The biggest thing was talking with coach when I came out the game, not sitting too long, which I've normally done in the previous games, and it's kind of stiffened up, etc. So it was just talking to coach and the trainers saying when I come out, try not to have me out too long. I was able to put heat back on and keep me warm. But I was able to get back in there."

The strategy was used even after Wade picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter. He played two minutes after the foul and re-entered the game before the quarter ended.

"Even when I had four fouls in the third, coach put me back in at the end of the third," Wade said. "I know he didn't want to. I would rather play with fouls than play stiff out there. So he put me back in at the end of the third, and I was able to still be in it. My body was still warm."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it was a gamble that paid off. It allowed Wade to stay in rhythm on the way to 32 points.

"It's one of those situations obviously you can look like an idiot for doing it," Spoelstra said. "But he was in such a great rhythm, we didn't want to break up that rhythm. So we took him out when he needed a little bit of a rest, and also just to kind of take the attention away from him and put him back in.