So Pat Riley fixed it.
And now, the Heat are headed to the NBA Finals for the first time.
O'Neal had 28 points and 16 rebounds and Wade - who spent part of his day in a hospital battling dehydration and flu-like symptoms - added 14 points as the Heat ended the Detroit Pistons' two-year reign as Eastern Conference champions with an 95-78 win Friday.
Jason Williams, one of Riley's prized offseason additions, came up huge with Wade lagging in Game 6, scoring 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting.
The Heat now await either Dallas or Phoenix in the Finals, which start Thursday.
The party started early. Wade walked off with 1:45 left, right index finger raised before he slapped Riley's hand. And after the final second ticked off, white streamers fell from the ceiling as the Heat players waved championship caps and T-shirts. Soon, though, O'Neal issued an expected warning.
“We're not done,” he said.
Richard Hamilton had 33 points for Detroit, which finished the regular season with an NBA-best 64-18 record and came in confident after ending Miami's season here a year ago in Game 7 - in part because Wade and O'Neal were battling injury.
Wade clearly wasn't at his best Friday.