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» Update: 01:26 AM ET
Tuesday, June 18
This may be the only rest LeBron gets tonight. And when Duncan comes back, so will Bosh.
So Battier is tonight's Miller?
LeBron gets a rest at top of second: Wade, Chalmers, Battier, Allen and Birdman.
Duncan with 12 pts as Haslem watches from the bench. Something to consider.
Mario Chalmers overdue for a big game in a big game.
So one captain out of the rotation (Haslem) and another limping (Wade).
All of Spoelstra's rotation moves so far tonight are predictable, and make sense.
Spurs shoot > 60% again, but trail 27-25 after 1st. Duncan is 6-for-6. Chalmers has 10. Cole, Haslem out of rotation.
Heat 27-25 after one. Duncan 6 of 6 for 12 points. Chalmers with 10 for Heat.
Arena has been on its feet since Birdman checked into the game.
Mario left Wario in San Antonio
Danny Green is no Mario Chalmers tonight.
Battier ran in to rebound that 3-pointer. A shooter's "no no no no YES!" moment.
Perfect time for Birdman to return to the court.
Battier with a three-pointer to tie the game at 24-24. Birdman coming in after timeout. Guess that means no Haslem tonight. Wow.
Battier's laughing. That was ugly.
Battier bank. So does that get him going?
Arena going crazy as Birdman flies to the scorer's table.
Now Bosh right knee, as Duncan goes to 6 of 6 . . . and Birdman prepares to enter.
I said the Heat could live with Duncan getting 30. Not 40.
Bosh came up limping after that
Miami just ran Diaw around two screens to get to LeBron. Didn't result in points, but it's the way to go.
Shane Battier in. Ribeye on the way?
Now Shane, after Miller can't stop Diaw.
Ray to LeBron for three? Bizzaro-world.
LeBron picking up Parker. Dangerous way to go, if you want him fresh for the 4th.
Boris Diaw just Michael Irvin'd LeBron
No point guard. Allen in for Chalmers.
In closeout games in winning 1st 4 titles, Tim Duncan averaged 22.3 points, 13.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists. Has 8 points, 2 boards so far tonite
Again, non-PG lineups were plus-9 in Game 5. PG lineups were minus-19.
Spoelstra going to the no-PG lineup early. Allen for Chalmers.
A small but significant part of Mike Miller just died.
"Touché, Kawhi. Touché," - Dwyane Wade, probably.
Kawhi popped Miller in the nose on that dunk. Injury to insult.
Spoelstra's positon-less ball now has two limpers (Wade, Miller) and three non-limpers (Bosh, LeBron, Chalmers)
Wade made all of those from that spot in warmups. But those are warmups.
Patty Mills in street clothes, waving that towel like never before. Statement game from him.
Said today that the Heat might need to live with Duncan getting 30 to address the other issues. Headed that way.
No hot start for the Heat despite return home and what's at stake. Spurs should be content for now to be trading baskets.
A limping Dwyane Wade guarding Danny Green? Woah boy.
Compared to recent starts, Miami will take this.
Wade grimacing as he walks off the court during the timeout.
Wade just bashed his knee on that drive into Manu.
Looks like Wade banged the left knee
Wade charges into Manu and is hurt.
Miller getting lost on defense was the concern of staying with this lineup
Mario Chalmers hit the 3 and promptly turned around to look at the Spurs bench in the most Mario Chalmers way possible.
The Chalmers 3-pointer is almost as big as Miller's conversion.
Dwyane loose with the ball, Leonard with 3-point play chance.
Wade's already been sloppy twice
Might be a sign that Miller could have a breakout shooting game again, but the Heat need to keep feeding him all game.
LeBron wanted a bigger role for Mike Miller. Didn't take long.
It's a home game in the Finals. So Mike Miller doesn't miss.
Mike Miller lives!
And he just did it again on the Heat's second possession. So weird.
Crazy Bald Guy just slapped LeBron on his side off the ball. during the first possession of the game.
Any the good blood continues even after five games, pregame hands slaps all the way around.
Duncan and James slap hands. Respect. On to Game 6.
Heat 2012 second-round draft acquisition and impending summer-league player Justin Hamilton among those in attendance.
Sitting next to the Auburn bball coaches
Wow. A real crowd. Cool.
An early "Let's Go Heat" chant
Heat are a team-best +18.1 per 100 possessions this postseason with Chris Andersen on the floor. Expect his minutes to be non-zero tonight.
The legacies of Tim Duncan and LeBron James hinge on whether Gary Neal and Mike Miller hit their shots. Makes sense.
In starting Miller again Spoelstra not wanting to get in chess match w/Popovich Said "We're not trying to win chess'' What about checkers?
Heat introduced as, "Your NBA Champion Miami Heat!" They would like to hear that again Thursday . . . and beyond.
Shaq on Danny Green, former teammate: "The good thing about Danny is he's a good kid. He deserves (the accolades). He's playing tremendous."
Shaquille O'Neal on hazing Danny Green when they were Cleveland teammates in 09-10: "I made him sing and dance. I made him do everything.''
Media media, hospital food or lunch-lady surprise? http://t.co/SCQMSkBkEQ
Spurs stay with same starters also: Parker, Ginobili, Green, Leonard, Duncan
Mike Miller stays in the starting lineup
Same lineup, Miller starting again.
Mike Miller starting for Heat. No change.
Rare sighting: Dwyane Wade working on his jumper 45 minutes before tip-off. http://t.co/qssPzKOnKw
Dwyane Wade on stopping Danny Green: “I’m not going to worry about one guy. We got to beat the Spurs.’’
Juwan Howard and Jarvis Varnado again inactive for Heat. Still waiting for Heat lineup.
Dwyane Wade getting up some corner Js http://t.co/PZomGF0ipj
Bill Russell is in the house. Someone is getting ready for a trophy presentation.
Now Wade is out for early shooting, something he also did in San Antonio. He and LeBron the only Heat players currently on the court.
LeBron getting up pregame shots is a rare sight for playoffs. Working on mid-range and three-pointers. http://t.co/LvOosgFome
Danny Green on Bosh's comments: "It sounds like they will b focused on me. It's a compliment 2 me. Hopefully it helps my teammates get open"
LeBron now nailing a series of 3-pointers from above left elbow.
LeBron said Mike Miller needs to shoot more. -30-
He starts out with series of mid-range jumpers amid "M-V-P!" chants. You could count on one hand the times he's been out pregame this season
Heat staffers just had to chase a bunch of media members out of the restricted area.