Behold the Strange Sight of Birdman Letting His Mohawk Down

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 7, 2013

MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: Chris Andersen #11 of the Miami Heat reacts after a shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on May 30, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat needed to relax the day after suffering a 92-88 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

It's not that Erik Spoelstra's squad was fazed by basketbal's grandest stage. In fact, the Heat might be more comfortable playing championship basketball than any other kind. This season's title pursuit marks Miami's third consecutive venture into the NBA Finals.

The Heat's need for rest isn't anymore complicated than it sounds.

Miami battled through a tough seven-game series with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade admitted they were still feeling the physical effects of that series in Thursday night's loss, and the numbers seemed to back up that sentiment. After carrying a three-point advantage into the fourth quarter, the Heat looked gassed as San Antonio swiped home-court advantage with a 23-16 edge in the period.

So more than any in-game adjustments, the Heat just needed to relax, to let their hair down. Literally, apparently.

Chris Andersen, Miami's spark plug that has captured the heart of Heat nation for his colorful appearance and ludicrous playoff shooting percentage (80.4), showed up for Friday's practice session sans his trademark mohawk.

Ever wondered what Birdman looked like without spikes? Well, now you have your answer:

Pure speculation on my part here, but something tells me we won't be seeing a dishevelled Andersen when this series packs back up on Sunday night.