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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade dealing with pain in left knee

 
WEB VOTE Should LeBron James ditch his headband for Game 7?

bjackson@miamiherald.com

Dwyane Wade, who has dealt with a right knee injury throughout the postseason, now has an issue with his left one after banging knees with Manu Ginobili in the first half of Game 6.

Wade said the knee was stiff and swollen on Wednesday but added he will be “fine” for Game 7. Wade had arthroscopic surgery on the left knee last summer.

“Early in the game, I took a good shot on my left knee [and] that kind of trauma to it, it just swelled up,” he said. “It was stiff. I couldn’t do as much I wanted.”

Wade, who scored 14 points, missed the first 2:28 of the second half to receive treatment.

Bosh speaks out

Chris Bosh lashed out at fans that left AmericanAirlines Arena with the Heat trailing late in the fourth quarter.

“Make sure they don’t come to Game 7,” Bosh said. “You never give up. People gave up on us, and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home.”

Most fans stayed, but those who left were not permitted to reenter the arena. “You can’t leave a game and then come back,” Bosh said. “Hell, I’ve been to games. You left! It’s not punishment. That’s protocol.”

Udonis Haslem said fans “can do what they want,” but “even if we had lost, we had the best record in the league. We would have appreciated their support and for them to stand up and clap after the season ended.”

LeBron James, conversely, apologized to the fans for creating so much angst.

This and that

• Haslem’s DNP/CD in Game6 (did-not-play, coach’s decision) was his first all season, and Norris Cole’s was only his second, and the first since the Heat’s third game of the season. Haslem said it was “frustrating watching when we were down 13” but he wasn’t angry about not playing, noting that several other rotation members (Cole, Shane Battier, Chris Andersen) also have had DNP/CDs in the playoffs. “At the end of the night, it was fine,” he said.

• Meanwhile, Ray Allen said he was irritated that the NBA took out yellow ropes to prepare for a Spurs championship presentation.

“There was a minute or so left in the game, and it was almost like San Antonio players on the bench were celebrating,” he said.

• Bosh offered this prediction Wednesday: “We’re going to play, I think, the best basketball we’ve ever played together [Thursday].” He said he has spent the playoffs either on emotional highs or lows “and for first time, I’m even today. That’s the right place to be.”

Bosh, who blocked two shots in the final 32 seconds of overtime, said: “I was trying to make it out alive. I was dehydrated, very tired. I asked friends how did it look on TV.”

• James loves the lineup featuring himself, Mike Miller, Allen, Mario Chalmers and Andersen. That group was on the floor for a 19-7 run that erased a 10-point Spurs lead to start the fourth quarter of Game 5, and also was on the court for nearly all of a 33-5 second-half spurt in Game 2.

“That lineup creates a lot of space,” James said. “I was able to find a rhythm. … When you get into a rhythm, you feel like you can’t be stopped.”

• James, who lost his headband in the fourth quarter, said it was the first time he played that much without one since a preseason game in his rookie season.

He said he will wear it in Game 7 because he’s a “little superstitious.” And if it gets knocked off again? “Then me and him will have a discussion if he will return.”

• Wade and James had a spirited argument when the Heat was trailing in the fourth quarter, but they later apologized to each other while the game was still ongoing, according to Miami Herald columnist and 790 The Ticket host Dan Le Batard, who sat behind the bench.

• The Heat’s 81 wins this season are the fourth most in NBA history. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls own the league record with 87. … With Tuesday’s triple-double, James has four all time in the Finals, second only to Magic Johnson’s eight. … Wade passed Julius Erving to move into 20th on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list.

• Game 6 drew a 12.3 national rating and 20.6 million viewers — fourth-most for an NBA game in ABC’s history — but the series average of 9.7 trails the 10.1 rating for both the Heat-Dallas 2011 Finals and the Heat-Thunder 2012 Finals. Tuesday’s game was viewed in 47.6 percent of San Antonio homes with TV sets, compared to 35.4 percent of Miami-Dade/Broward homes.

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