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Among the snippets from Monday’s NBA Finals Media Day in Oklahoma City:

• Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was non-committal about whether Chris Bosh will start, saying he has until Tuesday evening to decide. “I think he can handle more minutes. I’ll have to see. He had to come out a couple times because [he was winded]” Saturday night.

• Spoelstra dismissed the idea of using last year’s Finals loss to Dallas as motivation. “I don’t think we need more motivation.”

• On being the underdog in this series, Bosh said: “I think it’s great. We were the favorite last year.” Said Dwyane Wade: “When a team has homecourt advantage, they’re normally the favorite.”

• Bosh said his abdominal injury “is always going to be with me until the season ends, but it can be overlooked.”

• Wade, on Russell Westbrook: “I think he’s the most athletic guy in the NBA.”

• Wade, on LeBron James playing in his third Finals: “I’m sure he will try to seize it a little bit better than he did the first two times.”

• Wade, on the James/ Kevin Durant matchup: “It’s going to make him focus more, bring out the best in both of them.”

• With the team’s second consecutive Finals appearance, Wade said, “We’re just more comfortable in the Finals at this point. We’ll never forget losing the Finals but that can’t be the only motivation.”

• Durant, on James: “He can score at will. He’s strong. He can shoot it. But it’s got to be a team effort.”

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