We'll post the Sunday buzz later with Heat, Dolphins, Canes and Marlins.
For now, some Heat and NBA Finals chatter from Saturday's availability:
Two days after his eruption in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade said it was good to have the old D-Wade back, and a Spurs player admitted that not many anticipated his 32-point breakout.
“It was good to see myself back on the floor again,” Wade said of his first 30-point game since March 4. “I compare that to the Dwyane Wade my teammates and the organization and Miami fans and fans around the world have become accustomed to, and I had become accustomed to.”
Spurs guard Danny Green, intending no disrespect, said “I don’t think many people expected that” because “he has been favoring [his injured] knee” and also because of the taxing nature of the Indiana series.
“He was cutting, slashing, Euro-stepping, finishing at the rim,” Green said.
Wade said his knee feels better in this series than it did against Indiana. He said he asked Spoelstra to make sure he wasn’t on the bench too long so that his knee wouldn’t stiffen, and Spoelstra accommodated.
In an interview scheduled to air Sunday night on NBA TV, Wade told Rachel Nichols that it’s difficult playing the Spurs because San Antonio players are “too nice.”
He told NBA TV he must manufacture aggression that is already present when he plays an Eastern Conference rival. He said the Spurs don’t trash-talk, and several Spurs players said the Heat also has kept quiet during games.
### Meanwhile, Bosh said when the Big Three is playing like it did Thursday, “we’re unstoppable. When Dwyane plays like that, his charisma, everyone feeds off it. You get an emotional lift from some guys because you see the energy they’re bringing, and it inspires you to bring more.
“It kind of uplifts you a little bit. You don’t think about small things like getting tired. You just think about the job you’re supposed to do.”
### Bosh said members of his family give him considerable feedback on his performance and sometimes implore him to be more aggressive.
“Cousins, uncles, aunts – my family is rough,” he said. “They push me. They’re looking for more. ‘You should have done [this].’… My wife asks me [something]. I’m like: ‘I just got done doing media.’”
### Not only did LeBron James, Wade and Bosh combine for 75 points in Game 4, but Erik Spoelstra said they graded out best defensively among Heat players.
He said that happened one other time this postseason: the Game 7 win against Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“We don’t see it as a coincidence,” Spoelstra said. “They have to be two-way players for us to win.”
Bosh “has to probably cover the most ground for us defensively” and “has the most responsibility,” Spoelstra said, adding the Spurs in Game 4 ran 70 pick-and-rolls that Bosh had a role in defending.
### Odd to hear Spoelstra use the words “idiot” and “disgusting” in the same news conference. Here’s how it happened:
Of his decision in Game 4 to leave Wade in the game briefly after he picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter – and then reinserting him with 2:35 left in the third – Spoelstra said: “It’s one of those situations you can look like an idiot for doing it. But he was in such a great rhythm, we didn’t want to break up that rhythm.”
Spoelstra also said the “way we competed” in the Game 3 blowout loss was “disgusting” compared to Game 4.
### Chris Andersen declined to talk to the media Saturday, two days after he was listed as a did-not-play/coach’s decision for the first time in the playoffs. With Mike Miller starting, Spoelstra used former starter Udonis Haslem as his only natural power rotation player off the bench.
### After attempting (and missing) just one shot in 21 scoreless minutes in Game 4, Miller said Saturday: “If I get shots next time, I’m going to shoot. Right now, our role is to open up the floor.”
### Wade said of the lineup change: “Whenever Mike is on the court, it’s a plus for us. But I don’t think that had anything to do with the reason we played better.”
Spurs point guard Tony Parker said Saturday that even though his hamstring injury has improved, it “can tear” at any time and he would not be playing for a while if this weren’t the playoffs.
“If it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days,” he said. “But now it’s the NBA Finals. The doctors say it will not change anything if I rest two more days. My hamstring can tear at any time now. If it gets a tear, it’s life.”
Still, Parker said the injury “feels good. I feel like I’m getting stronger with it. My goal is to be close to 100 percent by [Sunday].”
POPOVICH DISMISSIVE, AGAIN
### When the Heat started a small lineup in Game 4 – with Mike Miller replacing Udonis Haslem - Spurs coach Gregg Popovich responded by replacing center Tiago Splitter with guard Gary Neal 47 seconds into the game.
But asked if he might take a different approach with his lineup in Game 5, Popovich was dismissive during his Saturday news conference.
“I’d hate to be trite and say anything is possible,” he said. “Your question demands my triteness.”
Splitter, who opened the game guarding Dwyane Wade, insisted Saturday he feels capable of handling that assignment. But it would be surprising if Popovich puts him in that position again.
Splitter, who’s averaging 22.8 minutes in the playoffs, played just 13 in Game 4 because Popovich countered the Heat’s small lineup by also playing small for most of the game.
“I got blocked three times and those plays were in my head,” Splitter said. “I know I have to play stronger. You can’t blame Pop for my bad game.”
### Several Spurs players spoke Saturday of the enormity of the task of beating the Heat when each member of the Big Three is playing at the top of his game.
“If they’re going to play like that, it’s going to be hard,” Parker said. “Like us, when we’re making our threes, it hard to guard us.”
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said if the Heat’s Big Three is performing at such a high level, “you’ve got to be close to perfect to beat them. If they’re having an OK game, we can make a few mistakes and mask it.”
### Forward Tim Duncan said Heat defenders were rotating “kind of perfectly” in Game 4 and knew “exactly what we were going to do. So you have to change things up.”
### Guard Danny Green, who is averaging 16.5 points in the Finals and has shot 19 for 28 on three-pointers, was heartened by a visit Thursday with Roy Williams, his coach at North Carolina.
Williams, who attended Game 4, “is excited for me, proud of me,” Green said. “He said I can come back with a smile on my face.”
Green has been receiving texts from other NBA players about his breakout series, including fellow North Carolina alum Marvin Williams.
### Green is within three of Ray Allen’s mark for most three-pointers in an NBA Finals. “I don’t think I’m worried about it,” Allen said. “It’s not something you shoot for, no pun intended.”
### LeBron James was asked if he had Green do rookie chores when Green was his rookie teammate with Cleveland in 2009-10.
“I really didn’t have him do much,” James said. But “[Shaquille O’Neal] made him do everything.”
### Ginobili acknowledged “the team needs me to play much better” but shrugged off Duncan’s comment that he needs to be more “selfish” and stop deferring as much.
“I respond to Pop – not to Mr. Duncan,” Ginobili cracked.
### Ginobili, an impending free agent, said he “sometimes” thinks about retirement but expects to play at least one more season, and that he want to remain in San Antonio.
“I’m going to be 36 – everything is day to day,” he said.